We know fears right from childhood – The monsters under the bed! The ghosts in the dark! As we grow, what we are afraid of changes. A common fear for most adults is the fear of uncertainty. We do not want to make wrong decisions. So, we endlessly research options to ensure we make the best choice. We want more information. We want less risk. But the way the world is today, for most things that matter, there is little likelihood of 100% information being available or the risk completely vanishing. You must find ways to avoid getting stuck.  

Watch out for signs that you may be stuck –

  1. You seek certainty. 
  2. You want to get all your ducks in a row. 
  3. You want everything to be perfect.

Constant indecision and overthinking can cause stress, frustration, and loss of confidence. It can also cost your willpower and creativity. The truth is, you will never feel completely ready, and there are no guarantees in life. 

Given below are a few tips to get unstuck and take action –

Focus on progress rather than perfection. Accept that mistakes are part of the learning process. Start where you are, with what you have, and move from one milestone to the next. Remember, each step brings you closer to your desired outcome.

Get comfortable with uncertainty. Instead of overanalyzing every possible outcome, take action based on available information. Course correct as you gain new insights and experiences. I am sure you have experienced innumerable ‘beta versions’ of products/services that get refined with client inputs. You will build momentum by taking consistent steps toward your goals.

Be curious about what works and what doesn’t. Failure is part of the journey. Learn from your experiences, refine your approach, and try again.

Embrace discomfort. Growth and transformation occur outside of your comfort zone. View these moments as opportunities for development and a chance to discover your true potential.

Seek support from mentors, colleagues, or a career coach who can partner with you and provide guidance, feedback, and encouragement through your journey.

Celebrate milestones achieved along the way and use them as fuel to keep moving forward and win support from colleagues.

The key is to research enough, take action despite discomfort and uncertainty, learn on the go, and course correct as needed.