I’ve just spent the last week in Atlanta at the National Speakers Association Winter UNConference. Much of the time at an event like this is spent, not just in the learning sessions but in the hallways, talking to peers.
The first question one asks in these situations is “What are you an expert on?” which is the NSA equivalent of “What do you do?” As I asked this question of myriad speakers, consultants, trainers and coaches, it became clear to me that almost all of us do the exact same thing…
We get other people unstuck.
“Stuck” takes many forms. Sometimes it is
- Not making enough money
- Not having enough free time to spend with family
- Feeling trapped
- Feeling frustrated
- Feeling lonely
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Continuing detrimental habits
- Repeating damaging mistakes
The list goes on an on. Everyone is stuck somehow, whether mentally, financially, emotionally or physically. And we have a really hard time unsticking ourselves without help.
Sometimes we get that help from friends and family. And other times we need to pay experts to unstick us.
This week I’d like you to make a list of the places you’re stuck in your life. Don’t be embarrassed – everyone’s list is long.
When you look at the list, what is the first place you want to unstick? What is the place that will free you up to unstick in others?
This year when I make my stuck list, I realized I need to help in my marketing (yes, I do it for a living but I can’t do my own), so I committed to hiring an expert to tackle that challenge with me. I’ve also hired SEAL Team to unstick me physically and get my body back into the shape it should be. On an emotional issue, I’ve enlisted the help of a dear friend who acts as a sounding board to help me talk through the stuckness.
Those two hires and that friend have made a world of difference in just two months. My sales are up, my weight is down and I feel much clearer than I have in years.
So what are you going to commit to unsticking?