Feeling Stuck?

Professional Speaker-Personal Development-Positive Attitude

Do you sometimes feel stuck? At work? At home? In life?

You get that feeling in the pit of your stomach that tells you something isn’t right – something is missing.

I was recently visiting with a very dear friend who is feeling that way and it breaks my heart. She is so talented and loving, yet she can’t see it.

So of course, I tried to help her, and every time I tried to give her some encouragement, I could see her eyes glaze over. She was too busy beating herself up, thinking she just wasn’t good enough.

I felt helpless, and she felt hopeless.

As we were our saying good-byes, I handed her 10 colored strips of paper. I suggested that she write down 10 different things that bring her joy. It could be something as simple as sipping a cup of coffee or taking a stroll through the neighborhood park.

Write one pleasure on one piece of paper, fold it and put it in a clear vase or bowl. Then set it in the center of your countertop or coffee table or wherever it will be the most visible.

It looks pretty and is a constant reminder of all the things that bring a smile to your face. When you are feeling stuck, pick one and promise yourself that you will take the time to do it before your day is over.

Baby Steps! That’s what I suggested. One piece of paper at a time – one pleasure that will make you smile each day.

This helped me immensely when I was stuck. It helped me to move forward, and in the process, I met some amazing people along the way. So, I’m hoping that if you should ever find yourself stuck, try this little trick and see if it works for you. One thing will lead to another if only you’ll let it. I’d love to hear your story.

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3 thoughts on “Feeling Stuck?”

  1. Vickie says:

    Just to let you know my dear friend, I have started writing on the colored strips you gave to me. I am so grateful for the time you spent with me and I did hear more than you think. I am changing my shoulds to I will. Love You and blessed to have you in my life.

  2. Judy Spriggs says:


    You have an amazing imagination!

  3. Nancy Depcik says:

    I am absolutely thrilled. As simple as the colored strips seem, it really helps to get anyone out of a rut. Whether it’s for a day or for a year, it is a constant reminder of what truly brings us joy.

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