There are few things more frustrating than when you’re in the middle of trying to solve a tough problem and you get stuck.  It’s like all of the sudden, no matter how hard you rattle your brain, the answers aren’t there.  Even your peers and searching the Internet doesn’t provide any relief.  You’re just stuck.

What’s even worse is when this feeling applies to your career.  Not only is that frustrating but it can be very frightening as well.  The feeling of being stuck is one that can weigh on your for years if it isn’t addressed, but there isn’t going to be a magic solution that will remedy all your problems.  Take the proactive approach and get your career out of the rut.

Ask yourself what you want to achieve next

Take a note from Stephen Covey and, “begin with the end in mind.” Having clearly set goals frees you up to operate and act with structure and direction.  Don’t have a clue about the next steps in your career? Make up a list of possibilities and then eliminate them one by one.  Because even if you don’t have a concrete idea of what you’re next move is, at least your efforts can be more focused.

Discover what’s stopping you

What are you doing wrong? It’s a direct way of figuring out what’s standing in the way of you and your goals.  Taking the time to be honest with yourself to identify strengths, weaknesses, threats and opportunities allows you to look at your goals from every perspective.

Make an action plan and get to work.

This is the hard part.  This is the part where you sit down and detail out an action plan: steps, milestones, timelines and so on. Once you’ve created it, print it out or save it on your computer and keep it somewhere that you will see it every day.

Keep in mind that it’s easy for anyone to want something.  What’s not easy is coming up with an idea of how to get what they want and sticking to it.  Success will come from trusting the process and sticking to your plan.