Preface vii Introduction 1 1 Getting Stuck or Being Stuck 11 What Does "Getting Stuck" or "Being Stuck" Mean? 11 Early Warning Signals of Getting Stuck 12 Why Do We Get Stuck? 15 What Should "Getting Unstuck" or "Being Stuck" Mean to You? 16 2 Desire 17 Techniques to Consider as You Begin to Identify Your Desires 17 Take the Time to Understand What It Is that You Are Really Looking For 17 Don't Let the Fear of Missteps and Mistakes Get in Your Way of Determining a Destination 19 Do the Research, but Learn to Trust Your Gut 21 Don't Limit Your Direction Due to Self-Destructive Choices 23 Considerations as You Create Your Plan 25 If You Decide You Want to Make Changes, Know Where You Are Running To 25 Don't Let Inertia Determine Your Direction 27 Establishing a Clear Direction Provides You With an Essential Sanity Check 29 Determining Your Desires Should Be an Active Process 33 Sanity Check 36 3 The Work 39 Sustaining Your Effort and Willingness to Do the Work 39 Learn to Appreciate the Joy That Comes From and Surrounds the Work 39 Be Realistic Regarding Expectations 42 Expect and Embrace Failure Anytime You Do "New Work" 43 What to Stop Doing Is Often More Important Than What You Are Doing 45 3 The Work continued Learning to Work "Better" Instead of "Harder" 48 Balance Short-Term Efficiency Gains Against Long-Term Effectiveness Expectations 48 Continually Evolve Your Skills and Abilities 50 Changing Your Plan When Doing the Work Is Not Only Okay, but Expected 53 Recognize That You May Be the Obstacle You Have to Overcome 56 Take What's Given 58 Always Keep the Basics Top of Mind (Constantly Build on Foundational Areas) 60 Investing in Loss 64 Third "Bad" and You're Out 65 Stay in the Present 68 Get Better, Work Better, Right Now 70 Path Wrap-Up 71 4 Overarching Concepts That Apply to Getting Unstuck 73 Let It Go 74 Become the Lead Programmer 77 The Actions That Letting Go Unveils to Help You Get Unstuck 79 Changing the Way You Think 82 5 What You Are Thinking 87 You Are Right Where You Are Supposed to Be 87 Being Judgmental Is Self-Destructive 89 Fear Stifles You in Every Way 90 Duty: a Tough Hurdle to Overcome 94 Guilt Is One of the Most Damaging Emotional Obstacles You Throw in Front of Yourself 96 Understand That the Road to Wisdom Is Often Paved With Failure 98 Time Passes Anyway 102 Don't LetWorry Consume You 104 Your Perception Will Shape Your Experiences 105 "What You Are Thinking" Wrap-Up 110 6 What You Are Doing 113 Tenacity and Persistence, Friend or Foe? 113 Tension Impacts Performance 117 Managing the Gap between Strengths and Weaknesses Increases Your Odds of Success 120 A Strength Can Also Become a Weakness 123 Harmonize Don't Just Clash and Resist 124 What Is the Best Use of Your Time Right Now? 127 Focus on Changing You Not Everyone Else 129 Don't Be Someone Else's Rug 131 Aligning What We Think With What We Do 134 "What You Are Doing" Wrap-Up 135 7 Conclusion 137 Taking a High-Level Jog Through the Process 137 Experiential Exercise 139 Time Management Tips for Remaining Unstuck 150 Final Thoughts 152
William L. Reeb has been consulting for over three decades to all sizes of businesses, from mom and pop operations to Fortune 100 companies. Prior to his life as a CPA, he worked for IBM in sales in the late 1970s. As an entrepreneur, he has founded seven small businesses, from retail to software development to advisory work. An award-winning public speaker, Reeb lectures throughout the United States. and Canada to thousands of executives and CPAs each year. As an award-winning author, he is internationally published, with numerous magazines, journals, newspapers, and books to his credit. Reed and his partner Dom Cingoranelli have also authored Securing the Future.