The most successful people in the world didn’t reach the top because their paths were clear and the ride was smooth, free of obstacles and detours. In fact, they probably stumbled plenty along the way and had to learn how to deal with failure in order to move forward.

The secret to continuing on your journey towards success is knowing how to get unstuck when you’re stuck. What do you do when you encounter real problems that affect your personal and professional life? Who do you turn to for assistance? Do you lose sleep over finding the solutions?

Change your attitude towards life’s problems and focus on the rewards you will enjoy once you have found the solution. Here are ways to get unstuck when you find yourself in a dilemma:

1. Work Hard

Some people buckle under the weight of stress. They go into a state of depression as they imagine the worst that will happen. Instead of giving into negativity, take control and fill the gaps. Typically, when we don’t have the answers to something, it’s because we lack information, knowledge, or skill. Put in the work and do the research and you will find the solution.

2. Backtrack

The problem you are facing today probably did not appear out of thin air. It was caused by a chain of events that you either were oblivious to or were aware of but felt had no power to control. Whatever the situation, analyzing how you got to this point can help you get out of it. Think about the moment when everything turned for the worst. What decision was made that ultimately resulted in the problem you face today? While you can’t undo the past, you’re in a better position to counter the result by knowing what caused it.

3. Laugh and Relax

A time of crisis may not seem like the ideal moment to take a break and find humor in an otherwise dire situation. However, it may surprise you that it’s often when we’ve let go of our emotions and allow ourselves to feel good again that we are struck by our best ideas. Think of it as our body’s way of rewarding itself. When you think about how we are most inspired and dream our best dreams when we are happy, you recognize how we find our paths when we relieve ourselves from the weight and guilt of failure or disappointment.

4. Consult the Experts

There’s always someone out there who has “been there, done that.” Seeking help doesn’t make you weak, and it doesn’t expose your vulnerabilities. Some of the most successful companies are built on partnerships. High achievers are proud to act as mentors just as someone with experience likely guided them during their earlier years. Create a supportive environment by surrounding yourself with those whose positivity will steer you in the right direction.

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