Being Stuck Is Not Always Bad

Originally posted at Smooth Sale

Valeri Bocage CEO
Powerful Women International Connections

A Signal to Prepare for the Future

You may one day reach a stopping point in your life.  Your job, career, or project may no longer bring you joy.  You might wake up to realize it’s time to make a small change. Or, you may realize the time is now for something entirely new.

Feeling stuck promotes future growth.

You have the flexibility to let go of some duties such as involvement with an organization, club, or Board meetings. Sometimes, you may feel the need to let go of multiple tracks all at the same time.

Heart and Mind

The next phase is to consider what your heart and mind are secretly telling you.  One problem is the uncertainty of how to achieve your new idea. You feel stopped in your tracks. You find yourself caught between what is no longer working and the uncertainty of new possibility. The worst part is feeling drained just thinking about the entire situation.

Steps to Regain Motivation
  • Be patient with yourself
  • Take time to figure out the next steps
  • Maintain a positive mindset
  • Research your ideas and tools needed to succeed
  • Share your new vision with trusted others
  • Persevere

As you reach the last two steps, confidence once again builds and you feel completely re-energized.  Now you are ready to move forward and take on the world!

Examples via Stories of Friends

Recently, one of my close friends decided to never attend another family reunion. Her recent experience did not bring her joy. Additionally, she is letting go of lots of projects that have now become cumbersome and stressful. She is refining her list of what she wants to keep in her life and what needs to be removed.

Another friend decided to take on travel for the first time and to let go of her part time job. She revealed to her close friends her new ambition. Her first adventure was a recent four-hour trip to Florida.  She next scheduled her first trip abroad to India for later this year. And for next year, she is already planning a trip to Italy. Her motivation has kicked in big time!

Still another friend has a job that she loved, but no longer cares about. Some things changed beyond her control, and she too began to feel stuck. She decided to put all of her time and attention into growing her business. Upon recognizing what she wanted to do, she took action, and she too is excited about the future.

My new friend and I met a few months ago. She also shared that she had been feeling stuck (and she is a mover and shaker). We became instant friends. She had been talking about expanding her non-profit. In the past, she has been successful in writing grants for $200,000 and $400,000. Recently, she took a deep breath to write a grant for $2 million. She said both amounts require the same amount of time to write the grant, so she took a giant leap of faith, and is now happier than ever!

My Beliefs

At some point, we each get that nagging feeling it is time for a change in our lives. We grow, but eventually, we outgrow what we once loved doing. When we feel stuck, it’s “time for something new.” With a positive mindset, being stuck is our gift in disguise.  Why?  Because the process restarts our mental engine to consider all the ways in which we may move forward again to experience further growth.  Figuring out how to move past the troubling areas is our human greatness at work.

While It might be unpleasant while you are in the midst of change, it’s good to remember that goal setting, a positive mindset and perseverance are your keys to success.

  1. Take quiet time to contemplate possibilities.
  2. If you do this, pray and ask for guidance.
  3. See what most excites you and that you want to do next.
  4. Be true to yourself about what you want to do.
  5. Then take action!

The one common trait the people above have is their desire to continue working with humanitarian projects to make a difference in the lives of others. They all want to continue to make a positive change. As we get to each new level of our life, it becomes rewarding fulfilling to help do the same for others. We invite you to join us to make a difference in the world!

Lead and Be A Champion!

We invite you to join us to make a difference in the world! Take a look at what some of our other members are doing:

Join PWIC ‘Women Humanitarian Leaders Global Map to showcase how you are making a difference.  Complete our World Leader’s Map (No cost to complete the short form.) to showcase how you are making a difference in the world. The added benefit is to build a highly admired personal and company brand.

Some of our humanitarian Member Projects include:

  • Burn Survivors
  • Human Trafficking
  • Reducing Recidivism
  • Children at Risk
  • Empowering Developing Countries
  • Homelessness

Together WE can create a better world.

There are several ways you can join us in our efforts to make the world better:

  1. Become a member of Powerful Women International Connections.
  2. Contribute to our GoFundMe site above. (Any amount helps us to assist our members.)
  3. Mark Your Calendar and plan to attend the Global Impact Conference August 10-11, 2017

With your help, we can expand our projects, unite more women humanitarian leaders, and help them make a bigger impact. For more information about the difference our members are making, visit or emails us at and let us know about your project or desire to make the world better. We would love to hear from you!

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