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Stuck in a Rut? Are You Ready For Change?

This is an interesting quote. I take it to mean someone who is maintaining the status quo, not implementing change, indeed letting it be. This could be because what you are doing or saying, or how you are being is working for you and those around you. Or, you are ignoring the negative things you are thinking, doing, or experiencing. Either way, the phrase ‘let it be so’ implies a lack of reflection and a lack of movement. It is a passive mindset.

Whether you are comfortable of uncomfortable, movement and growth is important. That no-one  likes feeling uncomfortable out our life or work is a no brainer, however, if you stay long enough in your comfort zone, it may begin to feel as though you are trapped there.

Moving from a Place of Comfort 

If you are in a place of comfort, it is important to regularly connect back to your purpose, to what’s important to you because if you lose sight and feeling around that, you may begin to feel stuck and loose your sense of wellbeing. To get yourself moving, celebrate the achievements that got you to this place. Now create some goals for the next stage of life, work/career, family and/or community – whatever it is that connects with your purpose. Importantly, notice when you have reached these goals, celebrate and make new ones for the next 1, 3 or 5 years. Choose whichever timeframe feels exciting but not overwhelming. Repeat.

Moving from a Negative Place 

If you are experiencing negative thoughts and emotions as a result of the situation you find yourself in and have made no move to change, it is probably time to consider your mindset. Potential options are nicely summarised in this quote by Eckhart Tolle (Inc, 2016)

“Wherever you are, be there totally. If you find your here-and-now intolerable and it makes you unhappy, you have three options: remove yourself from the situation, change it, or accept it totally. If you want to take responsibility for your life, you must choose one of those three options, and you must choose now. Then accept the consequences.”

If you choose to make some changes, the same process applies as for moving from a place of comfort. It might however be more of a challenge:

  • Connect with your purpose or your why – what is important to you in life and work?
  • Think about your current reality and then imagine how you would really like it to be in the future (try 1, 3 or 5 years ahead) for you personally, in your career, at home and in the community. Imagine your perfect world. Draw it, map it, brainstorm it, create a vision board, use Pinterest, whatever works for you
  • Set some goals for the next 1, 3 or 5 years that match your future vision. Then ask yourself, where do I need to be in 2 months, 4 month, 6 months etc, to be on track for reaching my goal
  • Make an action plan. Include in this plan the resources you will need and the people you can ask for help and support
  • Tell people your goals – a great way to keep yourself accountable.
  • Begin with one small step, then the next and the next. But begin…
  • Acknowledge each success that brings you closer to your goal, no matter how small

 

If you would like some help give me a call on 0421 775 924 or email debra.pittam@personcentredleadership.com and we can make a time for a 30 minute discovery session, no cost, no obligation, to set you on your way and to see if coaching would be helpful for you.

2 Remarkably Powerful Mindsets to Move You Through Difficulty  Inc, July 2016

 

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