Cracking the “How to Get Unstuck” Code: 7 Noteworthy Tips
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Ever tried to figure out how to get unstuck?
Everybody goes through them. Those periods in life when you feel hopelessly “stuck”.
You’re mentally or emotionally stumped, jammed up, at a loss, not sure which direction to take, unable to move forward, unable to grow…and you can’t figure out what to do.
I get it. Been there, done that.
During times when you feel stuck and immobilized, you can also feel alone in your experience. But I assure you, you’re not. You have plenty company, as this is a phenomenon that happens to most everyone at some point in life.
You can often feel stuck when you reach a point in life where you are unsure of yourself, indecisive or need to make changes.
At the time, it may seem that we’re hopelessly entrenched in a muddled mess that we can’t move beyond. But that’s just not true.
If you’re feeling stuck, however messed up things seem to be, just know that you are not trapped.
There is a way past the place in which you currently find yourself. Trust me. You always have options and there’s always a way through your circumstances.
You just need a little push or a little tug to get unstuck, start moving again and have some idea of the direction in which you should go.
Here are seven quick and simple tips and strategies to help you determine how to get unstuck and start you on your way again.
1. Embrace the truth about yourself and the reality of your circumstances.
Be brutally honest with yourself first, and then others about who you really are and what you really want.
Stop focusing on the “ideal”…the person you wish you were, the financial situation you wish you had, the person that others want or expect you to be.
Don’t pretend to know what you’re doing when you don’t, that you don’t need help when you do, or feign trying your best or striving your hardest when you aren’t. Stop it.
Accept the reality of “what is” regardless of how hard, uncomfortable or unflattering it may be.
Admit that if you’re feeling stuck and unhappy, somewhere along your journey there’s more than a good chance that you’ve made poor choices, you’ve been uncommitted (or lazy) and you’ve been inconsistent in doing the things required for you to be the person you want to be and for your life to be what you envision.
Own those truths about yourself. You aren’t perfect. Surprise! Neither is anyone else.
Then dedicate yourself to correcting those things, and the desired change will come.
2. Open yourself up to all potential possibilities for your life, without judgment.
Rather than put limits on your choices and desired outcomes, think in terms of limitless possibilities.
For example, if you faced no obstacles or barriers of any kind, who would you be, what would you do, and how would you choose to show up in the world?
Flip your thought processes and begin to think of all of the possibilities open to you rather than the barriers, obstacles and challenges that may limit you.
3. Assess yourself and your situation.
Ask the difficult questions and determine what it is you want (and this is very important) without placing limitations on your ideas and visions. DECIDE what you want.
4. Make a plan of ACTION.
Create a plan that outlines in detail how (exactly) you’re going to accomplish what it is that you’ve decided.
(Full disclosure: I have really sucked at this.)
5. Do it! Commit to your decision, initiate your plan and then go about making it happen.
Not just today or tomorrow, but consistently until you have achieved what you desire.
6. Learn something new every day.
Using what I call the “20 Minutes A Day Classroom”, reserve twenty minutes each and every day to work on learning something new. Whether it’s reading a book, learning a language, mastering a new skill or technique it doesn’t matter.
Get in the habit of acquiring new knowledge every single day. If you simply do that, no two days will ever be the same. You will create a continuous forward momentum, and you’ll not find yourself “stuck”.
One of the most significant benefits of journaling is the ability to document your thoughts and feelings, monitor your behavior and actions, and then track your progress.
Identify patterns in your thoughts, perceptions and behavior; both good and bad. Then make adjustments and changes.
When you journal, find clarity and see “the bigger picture”. You will build confidence and then make better decisions in the future.
Learning how to get unstuck is not so difficult or complicated. Decide what you want, choose how to go about getting it, and take action. Those things will break your paralysis and develop the momentum you need to get unstuck.
Finally, if you feel stuck, realize that you’re in a specific “season” of life.
No season lasts forever. Use these tips to determine how to get unstuck and get to work.
Do you feel stuck in life? If so, please tell me about it by leaving a comment below.
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Kimberly Clay is the founder and creative force behind What She Say. She’s a business professional, writer and editor who’s been creating and managing digital content for nearly twenty years. Her work is now focused in the areas of self-improvement and personal development, and she is passionate about helping other individuals, especially women, to find a path for living their best life.