What to Do When You Feel Blocked

I didn’t know what to write about today, so I decided to just start writing.

Lately, I’ve started to believe that it’s always a thought what stops me from doing what I want to do, which, in this case, was to write a post.

If I were to try to determine the thought that is stopping me (or was stopping me?), I would have several candidates. Here are a few of the thoughts that I remember showing up in my head a few minutes ago:

“That topic is not interesting.”

“Too superficial.”

“Do you always have to be so reflective?”

“Am I blocked?”

“How long have I’ve been thinking about what to write about?”

“Didn’t I write about that already?”

And the list can go on and on.

Until I’ve remembered that what stops me from doing what I want is always a thought. I didn’t know which specific thought (I had many, as you could see), but I knew it was a thought. It’s a thought what always blocks me.

Once I got to this point, I asked myself: “What’s the opposite of being blocked?”

The word “flowing” came to mind.

“And what would be flowing in this case?” was the next question I asked myself.

“Writing,” was the answer.

So, I started writing.

Now I see that I was trying to solve a problem that my thoughts were causing, which was thinking more and more about writing!

I’ve also learned that I don’t actually need to know which specific thought is blocking me; I just need to be aware that I’m blocked. Once there, I can step out of the trap of overthinking.

In this case, I stepped out of the trap by going into action. However, another possible course of action would be to simply “be.” But that’s a topic for another post.

The point today is that I’ve written my post by stepping out of my thoughts (without needing to analyze the specific ones that were blocking me) and getting into action.

I hope I remember this in the future. Hopefully, it will serve you too.