Have you ever had some days, or perhaps even longer amounts of time, where you really felt like you were in a rut, could not gain traction, and felt like you were simply stuck in the mud?
Maybe you were experiencing a hold-up on a project, were hidden under mundane busywork, or were simply feeling just a little burned-out. This often occurs at some point in the life of every small-business owner – so, you’re not alone!
The secret to gain traction is to first recognize that you’re stuck in a rut, find the best way to react, and then take action.
10 Helpful Tips To Gain Traction
1. Identify why you got stuck.
Ask yourself if anything has taken place recently to make you really feel like you’re in a rut? What activity do you do repetitively that got you into the rut? It’s common for people to become completely overloaded in a 24/7 Internet-connected world, yet specific events or occasions can also commonly be identified as the reason for getting stuck in the first place. In fact, recognizing why you got stuck or are remaining in a rut can be the first step to gain traction.
Almost every month, I have a day where I get stuck in the mud of me. I used to blame hormones and PMS. After I hit 50, I blamed the lack of hormones. But men get stuck, too, so it must simply be the human condition. ~ Regina Brett
2. Go ahead and feel sorry for yourself.
A quick pity party for yourself is fine and can provide the push you might need to get the wheels turning again. But, then get over it and move on! The definition of an idiot is making the same choices and expecting a different result? Are you being an idiot? Are you repeating a pattern? If so, you don’t have to remain one. Keep hope… even the smallest new change of direction can help you gain traction and a new, possible successful result.
I find that even small changes sometimes jog you out of a mental rut. ~ Tom Perrotta
3. Accept your uniqueness.
No one is perfect so don’t think you can change that. Stop constantly comparing you or your business to others and their businesses. Evaluate your success by you own growth. You must run your business in the manner that works best for you and your business.
I’m not ashamed to be me. More than anyone else I know, I love my life and accept myself. What’s wrong with being unique? I am proud of everything that I am and will become. ~ Johnny Weir
4. Keep pushing.
Lots of times, making small and constant forward movement can help provide a sense of achievement. Other times you may not even realize you are actually making progress. In either case, only looking back is when you’ll notice you’ve gotten yourself out from your rut and in a brand-new place.
If you’re going through hell, keep going. ~ Winston Churchill
5. Be thankful for what you have.
Select a single day and make a point to literally say thank you out loud to every person you come across. Forming this practice can help you to understand and be thankful for what you do have and also make others feel good while doing so.
If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get. ~ Frank A. Clark
6. Play optimist.
Be happy for someone. Being happy other people can emotionally help you as it briefly diverts your attention away from your difficulties. Better yet, volunteer for a great cause. It feels good to be making a difference and can provide the perfect amount of traction to get you out of an everyday rut.
Life becomes harder for us when we live for others, but it also becomes richer and happier. ~ Albert Schweitzer
7. Keep Connecting and Networking.
Call brand-new, as well as old, customers. Ger out of your workplace and meet with people. Try making a few referrals. Connect someone looking for content with another person who loves to write.
Networking is an essential part of building wealth. ~ Armstrong Williams
8. Eliminate stuff.
Let’s face the fact that lots of people have excessive things. Excess stuff can keep you in a day-to-day rut and completely stuck in the mud. Consider throwing away things you have not used in the previous year. To gain traction of this sort can be freeing both physically as well as mentally.
We are so conformist; nobody is thinking. We are all sucking up stuff; we have been trained to be consumers, and we are all consuming far too much. ~ Vivienne Westwood
9. Take a break.
An overactive mind can clog the cogs of your human brain. Go for a walk, visit a buddy or workout on a daily basis. Try taking regular breaks every couple of hours or even take an entire day off. Changing your pattern for a new perspective can gain traction and give you an opportunity to see what you’ve been missing.
If you feel like you’re getting into a rut [with a song], a night off usually fixes it. ~ Levon Helm
10. Learn something new.
Make time for something that you haven’t taken time for before. Learn to do something new for yourself on a personal level – take a cooking class or learn how to make beer or wine, or learn something business related – enroll in a 30-day challenge or learn a skill within your business you don’t yet understand.
If you learn something new every day, you can teach something new every day. ~ Martha Stewart
It’s always best to gain traction slowly and methodically. Try using these methods one at a time. Being stuck in a rut is stressful enough without overwhelming yourself with attempting to accomplish them all simultaneously. After trying one method, evaluate how you feel about its implementation. You might decide to stick with it, maybe try another method to gain traction instead, or continue using it while adding another.
Take Action to Gain Traction
Most importantly, remember that it’s the taking any action that is imperative. Perhaps, taking action to gain traction is all you ever really needed to begin with.