by Dana Cavalea July 15, 2021

Hi Team...

Have you ever felt stuck?

Jammed up?

No flow?

Well, if you are like most high performers, at some point you have and it is totally normal.

Today, I want to get into the "mechanics of stuck"...


Well, let's start with WHY a printer jams....

Answer: Too many papers pushing through the printer at once at a speed in which the printer can not separate the papers and as a result can not print anything clear or legible on them- so what happens? The printer stops and a red light start blinking.

The red light says to us: There is a problem.

Well, your "Red Light" is the feeling of stuck or frustrated or paralyzed. 

Got it?

There is nothing wrong except for the fact you are trying to push too much through the processor (your mind) at one time.

This does not mean all those ideas and thoughts can not be acted on- just not today, all at once.

Usually, we feel stuck when we are forcing things through.

Meaning, we are in the "cycle of doing too much"....

This translates to: I have an idea, then another idea, then another, and along with those ideas, and all the things I have to do, I start to get overwhelmed and then paralyzed or stuck.

That is it.

SO, Coach, how do I get "unjammed"....

Do the opposite of what got you jammed or stuck.

Sort of like untangling Christmas lights or a ball of yarn.

You find the starting point and you begin pulling things away from the center- one at a time.

You can do this using a pad, writing down all that is in your head- then looking at it and let yourself know you have to start with 1-thing and one thing only.

That thing must get rolling and show signs of success before advancing.

If it shows signs of failure- you can eliminate it and begin something else.

For those of you that have multiple things going on- you must plan and schedule and keep everything compartmentalized and in their own lane, basket, and box.

Once again, using a schedule that is tight is essential.

You can use the tactic of breaking your day into 4- 90minute blocks- giving each a title- and that can keep you organized and tight- as well as focused because you gave that 90-minute block a title and point of focus.

We get stuck when we try to do too much at once.

It is that simple.

That action of  "doing or thinking or trying to do too much" + the emotion of thinking we are failing if things are not going fast enough or well enough is what makes us a prisoner to the feeling of stuck.

Got it?

Now that you know what causes stuck- do not let yourself get there.

Let's Go!

Play to Win!

Your Coach,


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Dana Cavalea
Dana Cavalea

Dana Cavalea is the World Champion Director of Strength and Conditioning & Performance of the New York Yankees. Currently, he is a High Performance Speaker & Consultant to Pro Athletes, Entrepreneurs, Business Executives, and Workforces on lifestyle strategies to reduce stress, improve work/life integration, and most importantly improve daily performance /outcomes. Book Dana to Speak at your Company Event or Conference Today!

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