Don't Stay Stuck


Six months into 2022, how are you doing? If you’re not cutting it, Don’t Stay Stuck. In a time and age where many due to current challenges of life feel stuck, knowing how to move forward can appear mystifying. It’s as if you’re being held back. For every one step forward life seems to be sending you two steps backward, preventing you from pursuing your dreams. You feel limited and you don’t know what to do or where to start.

You feel you have no idea how to break free from the current situation you find yourself in. It’s quite scary, dealing with all the challenges being thrown at you. Even though your current situation may appear hopeless to you, don’t quit, don’t throw in the towel and don’t stay stuck. Make a decision to create a better life for yourself and those you care about most. In the words of a dear friend “Your beliefs determine your attitude, your attitude determines how you feel, how you feel determines how you act and how you act determines what you gain from life.

Always remember, you are the captain of your ship and it’s your responsibility to chart your course through all that life throws at you. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

Differentiate between feelings and facts

You feel as if you’re stuck in life. Therefore, you conclude that you cannot move on. Sometimes, however, your emotions might not be telling the (entire) truth. The inability to get unstuck may feel very real, but in the end, it’s just a feeling. Feelings are created from the stories you tell yourself in your mind and these very feelings create your perception of the situation.

For this reason, it’s important to remind yourself that feelings are not facts. They’re just an aspect of what you’re thinking. Try to look at your situation more objectively. Emotional responses are a reaction to your feelings that can cloud your perception of reality. Feeling stuck in life could be a response to exaggerated expectations or mere fantasies.

Stop making excuses

Excuses keep us from moving forward in life. Do not allow excuses to keep you where you say you don’t want to be. Stop trying to rationalise why you can’t get on with your life. Don’t focus on all the different reasons that keep you stuck. Shift your attention to what needs to be done to effect positive change. Believe you can do it, visualise doing it and then do it. Your attention goes where energy flows. Liberate your mind then your life will follow.

Be grateful for what you have

You may feel as if you’re not moving forward when you think of all the things you’re yet to accomplish in life and all the obstacles you currently face. As a result, you get frustrated about your situation and feel as if you’re stuck. Being grateful for what you already have can help ease the feeling of being stuck. By the thought of gratitude alone, your body produces two powerful chemicals, dopamine and oxytocin. These can help you rediscover what is beautiful about your life. Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, start focusing and being grateful for all you do have. Count your blessings and be open to receiving even more.

Let go

The things that keep you stuck most often lie in the past. If you want to get your act together, letting go of your thoughts, feelings and emotions of the past is a great place to start. It doesn’t matter that your parents weren’t loving, or that your spouse cheated on you. Stand back, let go of the sadness surrounding it and observe the thoughts of your past for what they were, an episode of your life that you survived. Make time to celebrate your progress, understand that you are an overcomer and your best is yet to come. 

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