It’s a horrible feeling.
Every way you look at the same problem you hit a dead end. You’ve tried everything. No matter how hard you try you just can’t crack it.
At times you thought you were close to a solution, only for it to fall apart. You’re even further away than when you started.
Gradually you feel the fear winning. Before you know it you’re in a state of near panic, and seize up. The urge to give up completely overwhelms you.
But the very last thing you should do is give up. Sure, take a break. Don’t give up.
Every time I’ve made a major breakthrough in my life it’s been preceded by a crisis.
I had one yesterday lunchtime. But as I was trying to get to sleep last night I had a major “aha” moment. Then lying there in the dark I worked through everything that had been on my mind. I virtually skipped out of bed this morning. This also happens with my studio work.
A crisis is a sign that you’re about to work it out. And how fast you work it out depends on how you respond to the crisis.
So the next time you start to freak out remember you’re probably losing your marbles because there’s a solution just around the corner.
Don’t panic. Take a break. Think about anything else, but whatever you do, don’t give up.
Have a crisis you can be proud of.
Had the same experience? Does a crisis get you unstuck? Why do you think this is?