Why You’re Stuck And How To Get Things Moving Again
Posted on June 18, 2012
Filed Under Productivity Tips
Did you keep postponing the thing that had to be done, while some other tasks were moving forward with no problems?
For example, I got stuck with a logo design once. I was ready with the content and general design of the site, and yet I still didn’t get the logo done.
Once a small lever was broken in my bathroom; it was the one that changed the bathtub faucet into a shower.
At first I wasn’t really aware of what was going on, but eventually I realized what the reason was. I had to use the pliers to switch between the faucet and the shower head, and even though that was a pain, I still didn’t fix the problem for quite a while.
Why We Get Stuck
In the first case I had a website designer, but she wasn’t really a logo designer. I knew I could get a logo done on freelancer.com, but I didn’t like the fact the even if I didn’t like the logo, I’d probably have to pay.
So I wanted to get my logo done, but I didn’t know the exact path I should take to get it. And somewhere deep inside, I knew (really?) that finding the right way would take a lot of time and effort.
And on some level I was avoiding that.
The same goes for that small lever in my bathtub. I couldn’t fix it myself, and I didn’t know exactly how to fix it, or what things I had to buy to fix it.
And calling a plumber for just that small lever seemed like too much trouble. So I was stuck again, and things didn’t move forward.
So if you see that in some area of your business (or even your regular daily life) things are not improving or not moving forward, check with yourself to see whether it’s the NOT KNOWING THE RIGHT PATH TO THE SOLUTION that’s holding you back.
And of course, we know that finding the path takes time and effort – which we unconsciously or consciously avoid.
Once you become aware of that, half the battle is won.
Now you can actually make a conscious choice about what to do. You realize that if you don’t do anything, your problem will stay with you indefinitely.
And that thought usually has enough power to move you off your butt and make you do something.
Ask And You Shall Receive
I was once interviewed about my journey online, and one of the questions was: What would you do differently if you started again and you had some knowledge about how this business works?
I said that I would ask more questions. I wouldn’t try to figure out everything by myself.
Asking questions saves you time and effort—so much so that I can’t really put it into numbers.
Just a five-minute talk with someone who knows their stuff can save you 100 hours of time and hundreds of dollars.
I recently saw a video of my friend Goran’s website:
It seemed really cool, so I asked him to write something about how he got that video made, as I didn’t really know how to have such a cool video created.
Here’s what he said:
Just recently I wanted to have an introduction video for my new site BrokersWiki.com, which is helping visitors to find the best broker for their needs, regardless of whether they would like to trade stocks, options, or Forex, whether they are passive investors or active traders, etc.
BrokersWiki is the largest database of brokers in the world, and includes online broker reviews, ratings, and comparisons.
I went on Fiverr.com and started to search for ‘video promotion’. I sorted the results by rating to print the best-rated results at the top of the list. Then I checked a few gigs that looked promising, and finally found what I was looking for.
Somebody on Fiverr is providing video promotions on standardized templates; you only have to select the template, and provide a high-quality logo image and some unique text which is embedded in the video.
The good thing with standardized templates is that you know exactly what you will get, while the main disadvantage is that one can find the same video type on many pages; but hey, there are millions of websites out there.
After I ordered the gig and provided all the required inputs, it took the gig provider less than 24 hours to deliver the video in HD format, and ready for upload on YouTube. The cost of the gig was only $5.
Although I have some knowledge about recording and editing videos, there is no way I could have completed this task in such a short amount of time, for such a low cost and in such great quality.
Check it yourself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6PcWkW0VL8
Don’t forget to click the LIKE button if you find the video interesting.
I would never have thought that such a cool video could be mine for $5!
And all I had to do is ask.
Sure, not everyone will answer, but in my experience, MOST people actually like to be helpful. If you’re respectful of their time, don’t waste their time by explaining your whole life story, and have short concise questions to ask, then you’re very likely to get the answers.
A very likely reason why you’re stuck on some task is because you don’t know EXACTLY what steps you have to take to solve the problem.
At some level, you know that finding the solution will take time and effort – and so you avoid it. (In reality, you’re probably wrong and it will take less time and effort than you thought!)
But the problem remains, of course, and keeps adding that extra little stress and annoyance to your state of mind.
The solution may not be as difficult as you think. I suggest you simply find someone who has solved that problem and ask him HOW (s)he did it.
You’re very likely to get an answer that will save you tons of time and money in the process.
Share and Enjoy
- Related posts: