When you’re asking yourself, “what should I do with my life?”, because you’re stuck in life or stuck in business, usually what you think the issue is isn’t actually the issue. What you know involves your experiences, your ego, and your current beliefs. Close-minded people solve problems based off of what they know, even though there is a whole sea of knowledge around you that falls outside of what you know. Some of these people think that they’re very smart, and they think they know everything. Dumb people who think they’re smart are the most dangerous people in business.
When people get stuck, they usually try to solve their problems with what they know. Albert Einstein famously said, “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”
Einstein understood how important it is to be open-minded instead of sticking with what you know.
Awareness is Key
You might not be aware of what the right solution is, because it falls outside of what you know. What is awareness? Awareness is about possibilities. You need to have more knowledge, more information, more choices and more possibilities, so that you can solve problems.
If you only know of two or three answers or possibilities to solve your problem, and you aren’t expanding your awareness, then you aren’t opening yourself up to better options to solve the problem.
Expand Your Awareness Instead of Sticking With What You Know
Look at your issue from a different perspective and expand your awareness. Read a book, go to a seminar, talk to mentor, watch a YouTube video, and see if you can find a new way to solve the problem. Talking to people helps, because different people have different experiences.
Experiences are what makes a person wise. If what you know is limited, and you have limited experiences, you need to talk to a wise person who has more experience.
Try, Test and Implement
It’s very helpful to try, test and implement new ways of solving problems. There might be 50 things you haven’t ever tried, and that’s why you’re stuck. Many people come to me, telling me that they’re stuck and that they’ve tried everything. It turns out that “everything” was really only 3 or 4 things that they’ve tried. They haven’t tried everything. That’s why they’re stuck. They’re stuck because they’ve decided that they’ve already tried everything, when in reality, they’ve only tried everything they know to do. The answer falls in the realm of what you don’t know. Remember that.
What are your thoughts on being stuck in life? Let me know in the comments below.