By nature, most of us are habitual. From our daily routines, to the places we frequent, to our shopping habits for necessities and luxuries – we find comfort in the familiar. However, just because something is familiar, does not mean it is healthy. It might not even be a choice we actually want to make. We may simply just be falling into a convenient pattern due to lack of time or creative thinking. In a world that is go-go-go, it is easy to default to autopilot. It saves us time, seems easy in the grand scheme of things and often has us justifying it by saying, ‘”if it isn’t broke, why fix it?” We are easily consumed with other things that eat into our mental and emotional capacity, so defaulting to the familiar often feels like a respite from the chaos.
However, when you have a moment of clarity, or even a rock bottom moment, most people become acutely aware of what they really feel…which is stuck. Stuck in the same places with the same faces and same opportunities. Stuck in a wash, rinse, repeat cycle to survive, when what they really want is to thrive. While the answer to becoming unstuck is practical in theory, change is the arch nemesis of all actions for most. This is why having simple, actionable steps is key to holding yourself accountable so you can create new habits and get unstuck.
Here are 4 ways to “unstuck” yourself and break out of the rut:
1. Recognize when you are stressed and how it drives your anxiety. In those tough moments, step away from what you are doing for at least 5 minutes. Breathe deeply and allow your mind to settle. Then return to what you need to address. Those 5 minutes can allow you to regain control and be effective again versus being reactive which rarely ends well.
2. Allow yourself to adapt. No two days are the same. No two situations are identical. Allow yourself grace to ebb and flow versus being stuck on a set approach for a set outcome. There is always more than one way to do something.
3. Choose to only make critical decisions when you are in a healthy headspace. When you are bogged down with stress, anxiety and frustration, healthy decisions are not within reach. Commit to being intentional with key decisions so you can build a life you love – not one from circumstance.
4. Invest in yourself. Take time to read and nurture your knowledge base. For additional help, check out this resource: click HERE: https://kenkladouris.com/book
Remember that it takes at least 21 days to make a habit – so give yourself dedicated time to embrace these four tips. Make today the first step in building a life you love and one you are inspired by. As the great Buddha says, “the journey of a 1000 miles begins with a single step.”