Lack of progress may or may not be “failure” but it is certianly always a message. It may be telling you you are on the wrong path. If you are stuck in the mud, stop spinning your wheels and think how to do things differently … like the old saying to work smarter, not harder. Sometimes getting stuck is a gift from the universe, telling you to take a much needed rest. Being up to your neck in mud can be either a disaster, or a day at the spa, depending on the circumstances.