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The Overachiever's Guide to Getting Unstuck: Replan, Reprioritize, Reaffirm

ISBN: 978-1-937352-87-5
176 pages
May 2017
The Overachiever

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Do you feel trapped by your own plans, expectations, and priorities?

As a CPA, successful entrepreneur, consultant, volunteer, husband, father, and martial arts enthusiast, author Bill Reeb knows first-hand how easy it is to let your own goals and ideas keep you from moving forward. He’s spent years analysing the roadblocks he regularly encounters in his own life, in addition to the obstacles that he sees his high-achieving clients struggle with on a daily basis.

Drawing on his experience as a leading business consultant and his years of martial arts training, Reeb developed a logical and dynamic process for getting more out of life and avoiding the pitfalls that are often part and parcel with a high-achievement mind set.

Being “stuck” takes on many forms, from simply failing to change course when you know you should, to circumstances that are complicated by family commitments and financial constraints. Reeb’s process of replanning, reprioritizing, and reaffirming is flexible enough to apply to any barrier, big or small, that you run into.

Rely on the advice and tools in this book to help you:

  • Determine what drives you
  • Recognize the early signs of being “stuck”
  • Learn to work “better” instead of “harder”
  • Balance conflicting priorities
  • Set boundaries
  • Manage your time
  • Align what you think with what you do
  • Move past roadblocks
  • Derive a greater sense of fulfilment from what you take on in life
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Table of Contents

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

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Author Information

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.

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