Stuck in a Rut Part 2

If you’ve been feeling stuck in a rut, here are some questions to ask yourself: 

  1. In what area(s) of my life do I feel stuck?  You might feel stuck in one or more areas, including job/career, financial situation, relationships, health, home, or family responsibilities.  Or perhaps everything looks good on the outside, but you still feel like something is missing on the inside.  It’s difficult to make life changes if you don’t know what you want, so take some time and figure it out.   
  2. What feeling is missing in those areas?   Perhaps you are missing a feeling of security, safety, freedom, self-esteem, self-confidence, appreciation, love, variety, adventure, fun, connectedness, or a sense of purpose.   Sometimes when people feel stuck in a rut, they might think it’s necessary to make a big change.  But when you identify what you’re missing, you may realize that you just need to make a little change in order to get out of your rut.  
  3. What am I doing that is filling a void?  If you can recognize that you are overeating, drinking, self-medicating, shopping, or zoning out with the TV or computer to fill a void in your life, then you can take steps to replace those habits with actions that will move you in the right direction.
  4. What actions can I take to get out of my rut?  Do you need something big like getting a new job, changing careers, or moving?  Or could you feel better by doing something as simple as learning a new skill, trying a new hobby, or taking a vacation?
  5. Is my stuck in a rut feeling based on life circumstances that are under my control?  It can be especially difficult if you are dealing with a situation over which you have no control.  You might not be able to change your life circumstances, but these are the times that often lead to personal or spiritual growth.
  6. Am I really ready for change?  If your life changed for the better, are you ready for it?  If not, what do you need to do to get ready? 

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