Not long ago I was stuck in an awful rut, you know that feeling when you can’t get motivated and everything just seems a bit ‘blah’. I couldn’t figure out why I felt this way. I was doing all of the things which usually make me feel good but I just felt kind of rubbish.
Once we’re in a rut it seems to feed on itself. It’s like the more stuck we feel the more dull life becomes and the less likely we are to take action. We all want to be doing something meaningful with our time and have a sense of purpose. Yet when we get stuck we feel as though we’re not making progress. The worst part is, we just can’t seem to find the energy and motivation to move forward.
We know we have drive, we know we have passion, we know we have that spark of fire inside of us which wants to be free. Yet we struggle to do anything about it and we feel like we’re letting ourselves down.
Then one ‘blah’ afternoon I did something which aligned with my values and goals. Something which inspired and motivated me. It wasn’t until I did something which resembled my true self that I was able to get out of my rut. It was at this point I understood the real reason why we get stuck in life. The reason being, we’re not being authentic to ourselves.
How are you living right now?
It comes down to how you’re living right now. Are you being true to yourself, or do you feel like you’re living a life which doesn’t represent your values? Living the wrong life is exhausting and frustrating, making it difficult to become unstuck. While there are countless practices which you can do to get out of a rut and avoid getting stuck in the first place. Today I’m going to share with you three practices which have worked best for me.
Find out what’s important to you
Spend some time thinking about what’s important to you. Does your life align with your values? Are you doing what makes you happy? What do you want to achieve in your life? Once you have a clearer idea of what’s important to you, you will be able to think more positively about your life. ‘Those Positive Thoughts’ will give you the determination to get you out of your rut (get it?!)
Create a dream board
I was nineteen when I made my first dream board. Not only was it super fun to make but I’ve actually managed to achieve most of the things on the board, with some minor detail changes. I created the board because at the time I was stuck in a horrible rut and I needed something to be inspired by. Something to motivate me and pull me out of the dark whole which I had fallen into. Creating this board gave me a purpose, it gave me a goal, well quite a few goals actually!
Seeing your dreams everyday on your board will help bring them to life. It will release the drive inside of you which has been dying to get out.
Once you understand what’s important to you and what your dreams are, you can start to create goals. Turn those dreams on your vision board into a reality. Take action by setting long term and short term objectives, these can be divided into yearly, monthly and daily goals. Whatever works best for you! Personally I prefer to set monthly goals as it keeps me motivated. Acting on your goals will give you the motivation you need to pull you out of your rut.
Do you have any tips to get out of a rut?