“A champion is someone who gets up when he can’t.”
-Jack Dempsey

The free online dictionary defines an impasse as “A road or passage having no exit; a cul-de-sac; a situation that is so difficult that no progress can be made; or a deadlock or a stalemate.”

Having been at impasse, I know that if you are feeling stuck in your career (or life), all of these things seem true.  It can be very disheartening.  However, according to author Timothy Butler, an impasse is just a sign that something in your life needs to change.  One of my take-aways from reading his book Getting Unstuck: A Guide to Discovering Your Next Career Path is to try to be intrigued by impasses.  Look at them as opportunities to explore what beliefs, skills, or practices may be holding you back.  Through exploration you may find thoughts or actions that keep you from succeeding, or you may find you are headed down the wrong path.  Discovering either is worth the momentary discomfort of being stuck.

Another important point is that nothing changes without action.  Once you find something, make a plan and execute it. In the words of Jack Dempsey “Get up when you can’t”.  Champions know that without action there is no movement and without movement you are still at impasse.

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