4 Quadrants of Stuck: How to Navigate and Breakthrough
1. Mental-Intellectual Overdrive
When your mind feels like mush and the wires are crossed, your brain feels like a computer crash and you’re unable to articulate the tactical plan to move ahead, it's time to pause. Be with the pause and make it an intentional breakthrough in one of your other quadrants.
Something else wants your attention and it likely involves self-care. Trust your mind is looking out for you and on purpose.
The more we freak out in this state, the more we chase our tail in a cycle of disempowerment. The big opportunity is to say, "what other quadrant has a breakthrough in store for me now?"
2. Emotional Need
What part of you is calling for love?
What part needs to be heard?
What part needs to be felt?
When we try to bypass emotions coming up when we're in the circle of stuck, we'll likely have to repeat the whole spiral to experience the real breakthrough. Remember-stuck is happening on purpose.
In other words, you’re here in stuck for a reason.
Nothing is wrong with you.
It’s just a thing. Like being in flow is a thing. Being stuck has a purpose- if you use it!
In other words, dive into the feelings, ask the right questions and experience the ah-has that lead to the breakthrough. This is called personal evolution.
What do you need? Maybe it's time for some self-care? What does that mean for you?
If you aren't sure, it's a great place to be because you now have time to define what self care means for you!
3. Creative Inspiration
Sometimes stuck is so amazingly on purpose.
You’re entire system shuts down and you feel held back.
A part of your higher self is holding you back.
It could be out of fear.
It could be out of lazy.
It could be both or none.
Whatever it is, it’s an opportunity just like any other state of being- it’s how you choose to use it. Sometimes there is a piece of insight that wants to come to you. A creative piece of information that can’t make it’s way in if you’re always busy, always focused, and always controlling your mind.
When you surrender and let go, you may experience a dream, a thought, a wow in mediation, an idea that could only come in that ‘other’ state.
Without that new piece of information that may not even have come from you- it could come from a conversation you just had and all of a sudden everything you thought was happening is now totally different because of this one piece of information- so without that piece of information, you couldn't possibly know what you're next step was because you're now in a totally different direction and this is the right one! (Tip: Surrender!)
And once you have that awareness, ah ha, or information you realize it had to come through stuck and all is well.
The key is to remember while in stuck, this quadrant is working it’s way out and you just need to surrender instead of feeling resistance, and victim poor me or blah. Don’t worry! It’s coming. Hang on, just release and surrender and be where you are. It’s shifting in the invisible.
4. Energy/ Spiritual Evolution
Spiritual Evolution is in process and you’re squeezing through the canal. Be patient and hang out with it!
Evolution happens for us all in strange ways. There is a saying by indigenous people about the ‘civilized’ nations. “You people all wear clocks on your wrist yet you complain you have no time.”
They have a better way of viewing time. It’s less linear than our clock or other measures.
When in stuck remember to lean into this Spirit Quadrant and know, if there were no time, you’re right where you need to be to quiet your mind, emotions, thoughts and actions and just hang out with your Soul. It's doing a necessary recharge, upgrade and download from the cosmos and if you quiet your mind and sit with your Soul, you may just experience a miracle.
You are moving forward when you realize stuck has a purpose. Use it intentionally.
The movement is happening in the invisible. Trust you will feel it, know it, and you will be the change soon. Learn how to surrender, listen and discern. You'll know when to act. Your brain will be back online soon.
Stephanie Trager, Esq.
Leadership & Executive Coach
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