thumbnail_image1 (1)OK I will admit it…sometimes I fall into a professional “rut”.  What do I mean by a professional rut?  Well it is those times where fresh, cool ideas just don’t seem to come out easily and your mind surprisingly seems to be an empty cavern of blah!  And to make matters worse, it also seems like the harder you try to come up with “next-step” positives and possibilities…the louder the echo is in the space between your ears.

Well in an effort to help in “Combating RUT-BLOCKAGE!”  as you strive to be GREAT personally and professionally, here is a TOP 10 list of helpful thoughts.

1. Go back in time and think about creative games/activities you came up with to cure youthful boredom.
2. Think about if a friend or colleague came to you suffering from “Combating RUT-BLOCKAGE” …where would you start?
3. Reach back and pull out a past cool idea you had…and consider how it could be even better.
4. Change your physical location for a while and maybe see an old challenge in a different way.
5. Remember that simplicity matters…especially when “Combating RUT-BLOCKAGE” ….so keep a new start light and easy.
6. “Phone a friend” (yes, I copied this one) and share your RUT feelings…it will help.
7. Don’t be afraid to take notes about your RUT-BLOCKAGE frustrations.  Visuals often paint interesting (NEW) pictures?!
8. Ease your frustrations (at least a little) by taking a deep breath knowing your heroes also faced “Combating RUT-BLOCKAGE” moments.
9. Pick a totally different topic that is special to you…and think about how you could make it even more special.
10. Finally, smile and laugh at yourself.  It won’t fill the RUT void…but it will make you feel better.  

Let me know which one(s) work the best!

About Inspiring Innovations, Inc.

Marv Pichla is currently the owner and Creative Advisor for his own small business, Inspiring Innovations, Inc. Sharing his unique experience with entrepreneurship and innovation in public service, Marv consults with public and private business, education, and community organizations to develop new and different problem solving methods through real-life example-based learning. Prior to starting-up Inspiring Innovations, Inc. Marv served as Executive Director for Thumb Area Michigan Works! As Executive Director, Marv used public sector innovation as his guide for the organizations regional career development, employment service, education and strategic planning initiatives. Finally, Marv was raised on a farm in the Thumb Area of Michigan where he claims he received the education principles he values most. However, he obtained his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Center Michigan University in Public Administration and eventually his Ph.D. from Capella University in Minnesota. Marv can be reached at:

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