I was stuck. I was in a creative funk.
I still functioned normally in most areas: Going through the motion of doing everyday activities. Having fun and thought-provoking conversations with my children. Sharing insights and words of wisdom with my granddaughter.
But when it came to my online business, I was riding the hamster wheel. My blog was stagnant—what should I write about?
Should I market on Pinterest, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, a Facebook group or page, Live Stream, or something else?
Should I leave Constant Contact for AWeber? (I did).
Should I stay with Genesis or try another theme? I did. Divi. I don’t like it.
I was experiencing the phenomenon of “over choice,” which leads to analysis paralysis… which leads to … being stuck … which leads to …
My passion for coaching and online marketing waned.
What’s going on?
I should be able to figure this out on my own. After all, I’m THE superwoman who was left on a sidewalk, pregnant, with two children her side. Who then, single-handedly, raised them, without any support (financial or emotional) from anyone (my choice—I didn’t let anyone in) to be good citizens of the world.
Do you see the problem with this attitude? I do.
In sleuth mode, I bought a plethora of programs to get unstuck, to rekindle my creativity, to overcome my analysis paralysis. But, on my hard drive they sat. Unopened. Gathering dust.
One morning, while listening to one of Dr. Joe Dispenza’s guided mediation, I spoke to my Super Conscious Mind. I was willing to allow a person, a thing, anything, into my space that would help me to unleash my creativity and get unstuck. A few days later, mid-August, I opened one of the numerous emails that flood my inbox every day (I’m addicted to signing up for newsletters), and there was a challenge being offered Kelly McCausey called the Stretch Yourself Challenge, and I purchased it. Intuitively, I knew this wasn’t going to gather dust on my hard drive.
And I was right.
OMG! The 30-Day Stretch Yourself Challenge is phenomenal.
I’ve written two blog posts in two days.
I created my first video for YouTube.
The who, what, where, and when of marketing is clearer.
I’m in the process of hiring a virtual assistant.
I’m preparing to set up the platforms for my programs.
Whew … I’ve done more in two weeks than I’ve done in months.
The support from Kelly McCausey and others in the challenge is a priceless asset.
If you want to learn how to launch or grow an existing business, this challenge is for you.
If you’re overwhelmed, stuck, confused, or indecisive about marketing, systems, platforms, content, this challenge is for you.
If you’re trying to find your purpose, your niche, this challenge is for you.
If you suffer from imposter syndrome, analysis paralysis, the phenomenon of over choice, this challenge is for you
Or, you want to break the habit of being you … then,
I highly, recommend the Stretch Yourself Challenge because to take your power back from your success-stoppers, to grow yourself and grow your business, you’ve got to step out of the shadows and stretch yourself. This challenge will help you do this.
Join the Stretch Yourself Challenge TodayInaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. ~ Dale Carnegie Click To Tweet
I’m glad you’re in the challenge and enjoy reading all of your updates Adalia. Keep rocking your projects and having the impact you want in to the world ❤
Way to go, Adalia! Doesn’t it feel great to get moving again after being stuck for so long?!
You have made amazing progress in just two weeks! Keep up the great work!
That darn hamster wheel is annoying isn’t it? I seem to have been on one myself. Your enthusiasm for the results of how the Stretch Yourself Challenge shines brightly. I can relate with you on so many of the being “stuck” in my every day business tasks. The SYC is indeed a great way to get unstuck. Thank you for inspiring us to take back our power.
I got that little tingle of excitement you must have felt when you first realized that the SYC was something completely different. I enjoy seeing others try to describe what it’s like because it’s SO unique that it really does defy definition. It’s something that just has to be experienced to understand.
So glad you joined the challenge. I’ve enjoyed seeing your updates and watching you stretch.
I love what you said here:
“In sleuth mode, I bought a plethora of programs to get unstuck, to rekindle my creativity, to overcome my analysis paralysis. But, on my hard drive they sat. Unopened. Gathering dust.”
That was hitting a little too close to home. I’ve been there, done that, got the t-shirt more times than I’d like to admit 😉
I love your blog post title “Get Unstuck Be Unstoppable” Congrats on all of the amazing things that you are doing to “rise up!” in the Stretch Yourself Challenge.
I too know he “analysis paralysis” that comes from so many choices and worry over what to do next in our business. Love that this challenge came at the right time for you, to get unstuck and creativity flowing again!
Adalia, I just LOVE seeing all that you are doing as you STRETCH YOURSELF! I am accomplishing some of my long-time things that I have NEEDED to do. All it took was focus, intention, and stretching. This challenge works! And…what a treat to do it alongside of you. I cannot wait to see all that you get done.
Wow, Adalia – what a story you have! Superwoman!
And you’ve been busy since starting the Challenge! That’s wonderful! It’s my first time, too, and I am finding that I am having increased productivity as well. Kudos to you! Good luck on finding a great virtual assistant!
Adalia, I love your comment about “over choice.” Been there for sure. I, too, stayed stuck for many years. SYC really helped me get unstuck, too! I loved hearing about what you did so far with the challenge — and we’re only half way through. Congratulations on all your accomplishments — and you still have time for so many more! To your continued success!
Wooo! That is an awesome mindset change, Adalia! I was stuck before taking the challenge too and couldn’t get over that hump to do Facebook Lives. I’m glad to have finally joined and am on my 3rd video/FB Live now. Keep moving forward and reaching your goals. It’s so great to hear about what you are doing.
Woo Hoo, Adalia, you are on fire! I love that you took a chance on opening that random email and you took a chance on the Stretch Yourself Challenge. I’m impressed with what you’ve got done already this month and the month ain’t over! Keep stretching and keep showing up. You’ve started the big MO, momentum is building. Don’t give up. And now you’re connected with an amazing and supportive community. You’ve found your peeps!
It is indeed very easy to get caught in a hamster wheel until we realize that, gee, we have squandered our hard-earned money, accumulated so many assets that lie idle for months or years, and not moving forward in our business. As you said, we get stuck and are in a creative funk.
I’m glad that you found Kelly’s Stretch Challenge invitation, jumped on it, have overcome blocks, and are seeing results. Things can only get better and I look forward to seeing you succeed in your endeavors. All the best, Adalia!
Thanks, Kelly. I will keep on rocking.
I enjoyed your post and like how you mention choices and analysis paralysis. That is so true! I have even had that with deciding which challenge to take on. The great thing is no matter which one we pick, it will move our business forward. So we can’t lose as long as we put forth the effort.
Adalia – what an inspirational post! Thank you for sharing, and don’t so many of us sign up for things to never look at them again. You’re so right when you say this one was different. I love your invitation to “take your power back from your success stoppers!”
Yes, Kelly Let’s Take back our power from our “success stoppers”.
This is awesome, Adalia! Way to work hard and get results! That’s what is great about this challenge when you are ready to grow, it gives you the guidelines you need!
When we are ready to grow, the universe aligns and everything flows.
“Whew … I’ve done more in two weeks than I’ve done in months.”
I love the amount of what we can produce during this month of the Stretch Yourself Challenge. And the best part of all is, that you only have to tackle the challenge(s) of your choice, there is never any pressure to do too much.
I love reading all you’ve accomplished already and we still have some days to go!
In 2018 I fully committed to the challenge for the first time. I was at the last ditch effort to get out of a life and biz funk.
Every time I came up on another block I just asked myself “why not?” Nothing I was doing was going to put me backwards. Now I’m addicted to the crazy month of pushing lol
Wow, Adalia – what courage you have had in your lifetime! Thank you for sharing your story and your experience. Many of us hit analysis-paralysis (and occasionally ‘procrasti-planning’). I was plugging along and doing well in the challenge but hit a bit of a wall. The Dale Carnegie quote at the bottom of your post – yes, I read all the way to the end- was exactly what I needed to see today!
Love reading your updates and seeing your amazing goals and progress!
Hi Dr. Renee. Analysis Paralysis will keep us on the hamster wheel. I love your play on procrastinating … procrasti-planning.
Wow Adalia, what a story you have! And I love seeing what you’ve been able to do in the first two weeks alone; it’s amazing how quickly things can turn around when we find the right path and/or people. Can’t wait to see what else you’re up to!
Thanks, Karin. I enjoy reading your posts in the forum.
I love seeing your posts, Adalia, in the SYC, and witnessing what you are doing! And while I am talking about “Seeing” – i like seeing your smiling face on the live calls as well!
I did not realize I was smiling. Finally, my reply link is working, thanks to you.
Wow! Great post! I saw myself in there in several places… And you’re doing fantastic in the challenge. Way to kick your creativity in high gear!
Thanks, for stopping Dr. Jodie. I appreciate your kind words.
Glad this challenge has helped get you out of your rut and moving again! I really enjoyed reading your post. Your words touched on what I have been feeling too. Taking action is so important, and doing it with others helps so much.
Yes, even one tiny step at a time is better than taking no action.
I really enjoyed reading this post Adalia. Hearing a little something about what you’ve been through and how you didn’t give up, allows me to know you better. Knowing what you’ve achieved during the challenge is fantastic and I’m so glad you felt empowered enough to do all the things you got done. Your post is very inspiring and reading about the challenge from your point of view, if I didn’t already know about it, would want to make me check it out.
I appreciate your feed-back, Hazel. I thoroughly, enjoyed or Triad.