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Are you stuck? It´s easy to get going again

Every business owners get stuck sometimes. You can get stuck in routines, in projects that never gets off the ground or ideas that never seem to pop up when you need them the most. Well, you know what it's like when you get stuck on a plateau, when you just tread water or find yourself sitting in a car that is stuck in the mud (there are many metaphors for the same thing).

I have a list that may help you the next time you get stuck. It helps me about once every six months when I feel that I'm not getting anywhere. Here you go.

Five tips to get you to come off when you need it:

1. Work faster
When you are stuck, it's good to start thinking about the quantity and speed rather than quality, small steps rather than big and focus on the things you can get started with right away. Make a list of a number of small things you can do and do them rapidly. Complete the first thing before you move on to the next and challenge yourself to achieve at least five things every day before you go home

2. Listen to others
Sometimes new fresh ideas from other people is the only thing needed to get you going again. Talk to someone you trust. Eat lunch with someone smart and ask for feedback.

3. Drop the bureaucracy
Anyone who works with or has a business with more than one employee will face bureaucracy in various forms. There is no doubt that, when something must be done according to some ridiculously archaic process or when your actions must be consistent with an unnecessary degree of political correctness, you lose energy and get stuck. What can you do to avoid hassles and get your business up and running again? Think about it. Make sure that your good and useful actions are above the bureaucracy and just focus on the result.

4. Listen to other people's problems
Talk to those who truly understand your problem - the customers - but instead of explaining your problem to them, let them explain theirs to you. To hear what customers are struggling with provides you with energy because you can probably find a way to help them with their problem.

5. Focus on forward motion, not perfection
Sometimes it's better to move forward and do something good than to strive for perfection that you'll never achieve. Good ideas are often the result of ”trial and error”. Getting started and screwing things up a little gives you important lessons about how to avoid similar mistakes. You also get a better definition of the problem when you throw yourself into it, rather than just stand back to ponder and think.

About the author

Stefan Ekberg has worked in marketing for small business for 20 years and has written around 30 books on how small business owners can market themselves with limited resources. . In 2012 Stefan was nominated as Entrepreneur of the Year in Stockholm.

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