I do a lot of writing. Sometimes it’s easy, and the words seem to flow from my fingers. Other times, writing is a little like nails on the chalkboard.

Over time I’ve developed a couple of tactics to help myself get unstuck. To begin, I don’t fight the feeling or beat myself up for being stuck.

Then, I change my perspective. Often, that means moving somewhere else in the house. Today I’m trying to write in nature. I’m walking around a wood lot with my iPad. When inspiration strikes, I sit down on a log and start typing. I’m declaring this experiment a success as this is the fifth post I’ve written in an hour.

If you’re mentoring or coaching someone and they don’t seem to be able to get past a blocker, shift the perspective. Stand up, look out a window or, go for a walk. You will be amazed by how quickly they get unblocked.

You’ve got this.