Stuck in a Rut

I’ve been watching stories about the winter storms on TV lately.  Lots of people don’t know how to deal with driving on ice or snow.  They slip and slide out of control or they end up stuck.  I read some tips on for helping drivers when they are stuck in the snow that I thought would help people who are stuck in a rut in their lives.

  1. Don’t spin your wheels.  This will only dig you in deeper.  This is true in life as well.  It’s easy to look at someone else’s life and think “Why do they keep doing the same thing over and over?  Why don’t they do something different?”  As a result of our own life experiences, we tend to create patterns in our lives that are hard to break.  So when you’re stuck in a rut, don’t spin your wheels.  Try something different. 
  2. Turn your wheels from side to side a few times to push snow out of the way.  To get out of your rut, make a change.  Change the way you look at your situation.  Change your thoughts, your words, and your  actions.  Getting your obstacles out of the way makes getting out of the rut so much easier.   
  3. Use a light touch on the gas, to ease your car out.  What  action do you need to take in your life?  You might feel like you need a big push to get out of your rut, but sometimes a light touch will do the trick.  Easy does it. 
  4. Use a shovel to clear snow away from the wheels and the underside of the car.  If turning your wheels didn’t work, maybe you need a tool to help clear your path.  Get coaching or counseling,  talk to a minister or a trusted friend, or use self-help or spiritual materials to help you out.       
  5. Pour sand, kitty litter, gravel, or salt in the path of the wheels, to help get traction.  Without traction, you have no control over your car.  So it is with your life. You need to get a grip so that you can get and maintain control.   
  6. Try rocking the vehicle.  (Check your owner’s manual first – it can damage the transmission on some vehicles.)  Shift from forward to reverse, and back again.  Each time you’re in gear, give a light touch on the gas until the vehicle gets going.  Sometimes shaking things up will get you out of your rut and sometimes it can hurt you.  Trust your gut instinct, your inner manual, to let you know whether to make a big change or not.  If you do decide to make some changes, go easy at first.  You’ll be out of that rut soon enough. 


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