What To Do When You Feel Stuck

I bet you've felt it before. Maybe it's a relationship that hit a plateau, a dead end job or a season of financial strife. The reality is that we all feel a little stuck from time to time, and most people I know hate it when it happens.

I consider myself very ambitious, so I'm sensitive to this topic and have struggled with it tremendously in the past. Thankfully, trials produce perseverance and shifting my perspective from anxiety to curiosity has made a world of difference.

Here are some of the ways I'm able to break free of the feeling of being stuck.

Dream

Take a pause from the grind and spitball big ideas for where you'd like to be in life and how you might get there. Don't worry about all the fine details. Imagine what's possible just a few layers beyond your immediate circumstances. This season, however it might feel, is only temporary and the dreaming you do now can propel you tomorrow. Just because it's not happening now, doesn't mean it never will. Be patient and remain hopeful.

Reflect

Have you been through something like this before? Which fears came to fruition and which fizzled out? Is there knowledge or experience from the past that can help better steer you through the current situation? What can you do this time around to avoid the same mistakes and come out stronger, wiser or better fit for the chapter ahead?

As you reflect on the past, take time to think about the present and ask yourself what you can take away from the current experience. Perhaps you're temporarily stuck because there's something to discover. And maybe the pursuit of this truth is precisely the key to getting out.

Prepare

Once you've admitted this season will come and go, you can focus on preparing for the future even if the present is not ideal. Are there podcasts or audiobooks you can listen to while you go about your day? Are there video tutorials you can watch at lunch to learn from a professional? Preparing for the future in the present is one of the surest ways to make it a reality sooner or later.

Whatever you do, swallow this pill and don't wallow. Use your time wisely. Stagnation is contagious.

Redefine

Take initiative to innovate your day. Switch stations and genres on the commute. Drive a different route. Break up the routine so it feels less monotonous and embrace spontaneous opportunities. Change.