Are You Stuck In a Rut?

Stuck in a Rut

Are you stuck in a rut? Need to shake up your attitude and mindset for the new year?

There are always going to be things going on that are not particularly pleasant or enjoyable. Many of those things, though, are simply out of our control. What we can change and what we do have control over is how we think, approach things and apply solutions.

I still see people putting way too much focus on what they can’t do and not nearly enough focus and action on what they can do.

Fear, routine and habit can be such action and progress killers. If you want something to change then you have to put the actions in place and create the motion. Make a plan, have a process and work on it every day.  Don’t let a lack of motivation and willingness lead you to hopelessness. There is always hope and a way through. Take actions you probably don’t believe in yet and trust your instincts.

Here are 12 actions you can take that will help you get unstuck, move you in a new direction, improve your way of thinking and lead you to more hope,  optimism and success.

1. Look at what you are doing, who you are hanging out with and what habits you have settled into. Change people, places and things that are not motivating and moving you forward. It will make a big difference.

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2. Change your routine. Go a different direction, change your route, switch the time of day you do certain things.

3. Connect more with others. Don’t isolate; be more social and interactive. Don’t try to handle everything yourself.

4. Call friends; don’t wait for them to call you. Reach out and connect with people who make you feel good and with whom you can talk honestly.

5. Read positive, uplifting information daily that educates and motivates.

6. Try a new hobby, be it cooking, tennis, painting or playing the guitar.

7. Finish a project. Completing things (even small things) and moving on to others can give us a sense of accomplishment.

8. Volunteer at something you believe in. Nothing works better to cure feeling discouraged or sorry for yourself than getting outside yourself and helping others.

9. Change a bad habit. It really is powerful for self esteem.

10. Take a calculated risk or chance. What do you have to lose, as long as the risk is thoughtful and proactive?

11. Be adventuresome and try something different. It’s actually quite exhilarating!

12. Act “as if.” It’s a great way to practice and eventually move you closer to how you really want to be and feel.

Get into action and shake things up. It will shake you up. Stop talking about what’s not happening and what you can’t do. Shift your focus to what you can do and do it.

Shaking things up doesn’t have break the bank either. Here are 102 things you can do on a money-free weekend!

There is a guaranteed full refund if it doesn’t dramatically change your mindset and outlook!

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Deborah Shane Deborah Shane has been recognized as a Top 100 Small Business Champion and Top 50 SMB Influencer (Dunn and Bradstreet 2015). She is a career transition author, personal branding and social media specialist. Deborah's book "Career Transition: Make the Shift" is available through all major book sellers.

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  1. Deborah: Thanks for your inspiring post. Have you tried a new hobby recently?

  2. Inspiring indeed. I am ready to take on the New Year. Will go through these again and try to do them step by step. Loving this post.

  3. I think the ‘rut’ is quite normal. It is because we often have that wall that we face from time to time. It is inevitable.

  4. This article is rather timely. I think that I would spend a day to think about the things you just put in here.

  5. Hi Deborah,

    Great post. The key for getting myself out of a rut was changing my habits (like you mentioned). Once you self-realise your habits and understand that they are choices you make daily and not ingrained into your personality then it’s easier to practice improving/changing them.