Trying to get unstuck? Get used to the feeling.

"The impediment to action advances. What stands in the way becomes the way."

Feeling stuck is no fun.

It’s uncomfortable, unsettling, and if you let it get the best of you, it’s debilitating.

Here’s the thing: the only way to get unstuck is to be stuck in the first place. And the only guarantee, if you manage to get unstuck, is that you’ll eventually get stuck again.

But if you flip it on its head, feeling stuck is actually a sign of ambition.

High achievers are never satisfied with where they are. They’re never happy with the status quo. They’re always keen on taking things to the next level.

And until they get there, they’re stuck.

If you don’t think you’re stuck, you’re doing it wrong.

Brian Clark recently described a time when he felt stuck on RainmakerFM.

While entertaining some lucrative offers for his business, Copyblogger Media, he struggled to figure out what he would do next if he sold. He felt stuck.

At which point, his wife asked him: “will you ever feel satisfied?”

The answer was no. Because for people like Brian, and hopefully you and I, the journey is more important than the destination.

The good news is feeling stuck is a sign that you’re on the right track… and in good company.

The bad news is if you don’t like feeling stuck, the alternative is not an option.

This post is my submission for day 1 of #YourTurnChallenge, a 7-day blogging challenge orchestrated by Winnie Kao, Special Projects Lead for Seth Godin.

Flickr creative commons image via Steve Wall.