By Robert Estupinian
Every business owner has faced the same frustrating situation, feeling stuck. I’m talking about not seeing how to get through a tough business problem.
No matter how much you keep working at it the problem will not go away. For some business owners getting stuck is frightening. Let’s take a look at what can be done.
1. Stop working on the problem
This goes against the natural tendency to just keep at it until we figure it out. However the important thing to remember is that there is a point where we reach diminishing returns.
In other words, there is a point where we put more effort into the problem and get even less out for our efforts. Many times we will end up retracing the same old thought patters and only getting irritated.
The best thing to do is to just stop and walk away from the problem. There is research that shows we are more apt to figure out a solution to our problem when we are relaxed and actually involved in some form of recreational activity.
Exercising is a great way to relive the stress, and it provides a rush of oxygen into your brain. So, even going for a walk and getting some sunlight will improve your mood and your physiology. This in turn may unlock your mind in the process.
When all else fails get some sleep. Remember the old adage that told us to “sleep on it”. This holds true today for many things. Our subconscious mind will approach the problem in our sleep, and perhaps provide a workable solution.
2. Talk it out with a colleague
Mental chatter does not help us in anyway. However, being able to articulate the problem to someone else may just help you re-frame the problem from an angle you didn’t previously see.
Many times we end up answering our own questions as we begin to tell someone else about the nature of our problem.
This is when having a network or contacts you can run things by is critical to your success.
3. Get Some Help or Advice
When seeking advice it is important to discuss a range of approaches and ideas you have looked at. A professional consultant or coach may then bring a fresh perspective to your situation. Ideally, you would want a brainstorming session to expose a variety of possibilities.
Anyone who is in business understands at times it can be the loneliest place on earth to own your own business. Having the opportunity to talk with like minded individuals in your own company is very difficult or even impossible.
This is where being part of a professionally facilitated mastermind group can make all the difference in the world. Members of Bay Area Mastermind belong to a trusted group of like minded entrepreneurs and business owners who they can bounce ideas off. When you are a member of Bay Area Mastermind you will have the access to sound business advice and resources.
You will not have to worry about feeling frustrated trying to solve a business problem by yourself. So why not take a moment and check out all the various mastermind formats available to you by going to www.BayAreaMastermind.com