“It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.” ~ Winston Churchill
“You accomplish victory step by step, not by leaps and bounds.” ~Lyn St. James
Sometimes when you break through a wall, you just run into another wall. And then another. And another. So do you break through that next one, or quit? I’m writing to you today just absolutely stuck with writers block. I write something, then change my mind on the thought, then begin typing, then stop again. It’s taking forever, and I wish it was just one of those days where the words spring forth from my mind like a geyser. But this is not unlike some days we all have as Managers and Supervisors where some tasks that we routinely fly through just prove unbelievably difficult.
Now I’ve written about, and people much wiser than me have written about, all kinds of tricks to get you back in “the flow”. Go take a walk around the block, take an early lunch and eat something, surf the web for a funny joke, sing a song out loud, work on something else, etc, etc, etc.
But you know what? Not every day is driven on the Express Lanes of the freeway, sometimes you run into a traffic jam, and just like you don’t turn around when heading to work in the morning, sometimes you just have to plug through a task.
So take it one painful step at a time, it sucks and its tough, but just get through the next step, then the next, then the next. Best case scenario is that you find your stride and things flow easier, worst case scenario is that you made progress (just slower than you’d prefer).
Sometimes there isn’t a trick or shortcut, sometimes you just have to push through the difficulty and put in the work.