Feeling stuck is a very uncomfortable feeling. It’s when forward progress seems to have reached a plateau and you’re at a complete loss of how to continue. I’ve definitely been there once or twice. The thing is, it’s just a signal that something has to change.
Change requires 3 things: support, awareness and effort to be successful.
The thing is, change isn’t easy, even when you know it’s necessary. Having the right support in your corner can definitely make the process easier but we also have to acknowledge that not everyone has or feels they have that kind of support. Sometimes having an impartial sounding board is all you need to clarify the problem and create the steps necessary to change your situation.
I tend to feel stuck when things become too routine; I end up feeling like I’m in a rut. My solution – start trying new things again. Ideally, we’re always doing this but it can be easy to fall into autopilot mode.
Let’s face it, routines are familiar, comfortable and easier. They are created by repetition and become so ingrained you don’t really have to think much about them anymore. The problem is, if it’s a routine that’s no longer serving you, it’s that much harder to break. This is where becoming aware of our current routines facilitates the changes we want to make.
Once you’re aware of these changes, it takes a great deal of effort to catch yourself when you slip back into autopilot and to choose the new activity. You may decide that you’d rather stick to the status quo in that instance and that’s ok too. The point is being aware enough to make the choice as opposed to just doing what you always do, especially when it no longer brings you joy. It will likely be uncomfortable to choose the new option but you’ll get used to it with practice.
Routines are not inherently bad, they do help us a great deal but when you start to feel stuck, take notice.
When’s the last time you tried something new?
Let me know in the comments!