Sometimes the thing that’s keeping us from unlocking our potential is just that we feel TRAPPED. We’ve all been there. You may not know why you feel this way, but you are pretty clear on one thing… you’re not where you want to be. The key to getting unstuck is to take stock of your life, your wants, your goals and your values. You can’t find a way out of the trap if you don’t understand what’s holding you back and where you want to go. So, let’s look at some actions you can take to widen your perspective in order to get unstuck. It’s not that difficult once you get started.
- Be Purposeful. First, you’ll need to be purposeful in why you want to make a change. Then figure out the type of change you want to make. Take time to examine your deepest feelings and fears in order to discover what it is you desire. What is the purpose you want your life to have? Then brainstorm some ways you can attain that purpose in order to begin living differently. Remember, you don’t have to know everything all at once. Taking small steps can make a big difference.
- Face Your Fears. Understand that there will be fear and uncertainty in this process. That’s probably why you haven’t undertaken it before now. It’s scary to think about moving forward in a new direction. Even though a rut may be uncomfortable, it’s what you know, and it feels safe. You’ll need to acknowledge and face your fears in order to make change.
- Switch Things Up. Remember, though, baby steps are always an option. Start practicing by doing something small to switch things up on a regular basis. Sign up for a class that interests you. Talk to someone you see on a regular basis but have never approached before. You’ll soon see that stepping outside your routine doesn’t have to be so scary.
- Listen to Your Gut. You’ll need to really get to know yourself if you want to leave your comfort zone. Typically, doing so involves making waves among the people you know. When you make big changes in your own life, those things tend to affect the people who are close to you. They may not always be supportive. Therefore, it’s important that you listen to your instincts and know yourself well when you set out to leave your rut behind. Doing so will help you to prepare for any resistance you encounter from others and from yourself.
Most of all, just take some action. Each step will become easier as you go and will build upon the last. Keep going. Follow your plan, and you’ll figure out the details as you go along.
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