Feeling stuck?

4 ways to shake things up!

Have you ever had a week or maybe even longer when things feel off and you’re not sure why? You feel bored, frustrated or dissatisfied with how things are going. You want things to be different, but despite spending hours thinking about it, the way forward isn’t clear.

When this happens, it’s easy to fall into the trap of being extra hard on yourself. You chastise yourself for not having all the answers and being able to whip up and execute the perfect action plan. This can trigger more self-doubt and second-guessing. The result? Your confidence takes a nosedive, progress eludes you and you’re stuck in this self-defeating mind muck.

If you’ve ever felt this way, you’re not alone. I’ve been there, too – along with most people.

66% of Americans feel stuck in a rut in their personal or professional lives according to a recent survey (GoDaddy).

 But here’s the good news: feeling stuck is a signal that you’re meant for more! You’ve outgrown something in your current situation and it’s time to take on new challenges. But how do you shake things up and get unstuck?

Here are 4 tips that can boost your creativity, increase your personal power and help you take action.

    • Give yourself a break. Beating yourself up because you don’t have an immediate solution can shut you down. Amp up the self compassion and change your inner dialogue. Instead of focusing on your perceived shortcomings, make a list of your skills, strengths and accomplishments. This will heighten your confidence and bring new energy to figuring out your next step and taking it.
    • Take a step back. As stress builds up, your brain shuts down. It’s hard to think creatively when you’re mired in a negative thought pattern that magnifies what isn’t working and all the reasons why you can’t get clear and get going. Identify the facts of your circumstances versus the stories you may be spinning that aren’t actually true. This can relieve anxiety, increase clarity and help simplify what was feeling overwhelming.
    • Try something new. Have some fun with this! Science says our creativity and problem solving abilities are amplified when we try new things. Watch a TED talk on a subject you know nothing about. Listen to new music. Explore a different route on your next walk. Go to a Meetup or an event that piques your curiosity. Take a new exercise class. Changing things up sparks fresh ideas and insights that can broaden your perspective.
    • Address what’s most dissatisfying first. What’s stressing you out the most? Pinpoint what this is and take immediate action to resolve it. Exhausted from overworking? Ask for help or say no to something. Resentful because someone is crossing your boundaries? Have that conversation you’ve been avoiding. By taking action – even a small step – you reclaim your power and heighten your risk taking ability.

As Einstein said:

“You cannot solve a problem with the same consciousness that created it. You must learn to see the world anew.”

 Let’s face it. Change isn’t easy. But the strength and resilience you gain through the process will empower you to think and act with new perception.

So the next time change comes knocking on your door (as it inevitably will), greet it as a teacher who has come to spur you on to greater heights.

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