We often create a lot of internal turmoil whenever we feel we are stuck.
If we feel we are not making progress, either with a project, goal or life in general, it can cause frustration and generate high levels of stress. Being in a state of stress is not a pleasant experience because it can severely affect our attitude and our motivation levels.
There is one good thing when we experience such turmoil — it is usually a mental problem which means we have the power to change our thoughts so we can create a different experience.
One of the goals I had this year was to reduce my body weight by 15% by the end of the year, which was a challenging goal. I started off well and in the first three months, my weight reduced by 4.8%, which I was happy about. During the next six months, however, my weight reduced by 5%, even though I was doing similar things I had done in the previous three months.
This caused quite a lot of frustration because based on the results of my first three months, I thought I would have been closer to a 10% reduction instead of 5%. I felt stuck and at times, even questioned whether the reward was worth the effort.
What kept me going was relating my current results to where I had started from. I had actually achieved a 11.2% weight reduction in nine months, which was the most I had ever done. All it took was for me to change how I was looking at my situation. In other words, I made a mental switch, which allowed me to clear my mind of unproductive thoughts and stay focused on my ultimate goal — which is a 15% reduction in weight.
When we feel stuck, the starting point is always our thoughts towards our situation. When we change our thoughts, our experiences also change. Sometimes, we can also take certain actions which will help the process of clearing our minds because our focus will be on something different.
Here are 10 things we can do whenever we are feeling stuck which will allow us to refresh, reset and refocus on what we want.
- Put yourself in a different environment. This may include going outside for a walk or to get some fresh air, or just removing yourself from an environment that is not currently supporting you.
- Do something else for a short period of time. Sometimes the best thing we can do is step away from the situation which is causing us to feel stuck and work on something else. The best part about this is that even though we are doing something else, our mind will still be working on our original situation. More often than not, we will be presented with a better solution than if we tried to force ourselves to come up with a solution.
- Give yourself a mini reward. We all have an inner child that likes to get rewarded from time to time. And when our inner child is rewarded, it’s like it will be on its best behaviour so it can get its next reward. That is when we are more likely to let go of our feelings of being stuck and start generating more empowering thoughts.
- Focus on any small progress you can make now. Nothing overcomes inertia more powerfully than action. Any small progress is better than no progress. A small progress can be calling someone and asking for advice, or stopping something that isn’t currently working.
- Get inspired again. Inspiration can come from numerous sources. For some of us, it can be meditation or prayer. For others, it can be listening to music, doing some form of physical activity, connecting with like-minded people or going through a list of successes in life.
- Revisit the outcomes you desire. It is very easy to get sidetracked and caught up in day-to-day activities and lose sight of the overall objective. Usually when we reconnect with what we’re trying to achieve and why it is important to us, the next action we can take will be presented to us.
- Listen to your intuition. There will be times when we will just have to accept that what we’re currently doing is not working and will not work out. Having the courage to follow our intuition is extremely important because our intuition is never wrong. Knowing how to access and act on our intuition is a valuable skill to have.
- Change your perspective and be grateful for your challenges. If we ask the question, What is good about my situation right now?, it will automatically cause us to look at what we’re going through differently. One of the fastest ways to change any situation is to ask better empowering questions.
- Mix up your routine. We can get caught in a rut if we are doing the same, mundane things all the time. As the saying goes, A change is just as good as a holiday, certainly rings true when we are feeling stuck. Changing our routine may include doing repetitive tasks in a different order or working different hours.
- Practice patience. Whenever we expect to be further along than we actually are, it can cause us frustration and generate thoughts that we’re not making progress. That is one reason why we feel stuck. In such situations, allowing ourselves to be patient will reduce any unnecessary stress we generate. Sometimes we just have to trust that the universe has our best intentions and things are happening exactly as they should.
As we continue to grow and develop ourselves, we will realise that we are totally responsible for the situations we find ourselves in, which also means we have the ability to change them. All it requires is a change in attitude and we will start to see our situation differently. If we don’t take responsibility, then chances are we will continue to feel stuck a lot longer and not make progress towards our goals and dreams.
Action Step: Choose one thing from the list above and apply it today if you feel you are stuck and not making the progress you want.
Question: What is another thing we can do to clear our mind when we are feeling stuck?
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