Have you ever felt like you were stuck in life? Maybe your circumstances seemed like they wouldn’t change or you struggled to find the motivation to create change. Regardless of how you go there, here are 12 ways to get unstuck in your life.
How to Get Unstuck in Your Life
These 12 tips will help you if you want to get unstuck in your life so that you can move forward. Change is possible in every situation even if your circumstances stay the same. Learn to move forward doing what you can to make progress.
1. Shift your perspective
At times we get stuck because we keep looking at a situation the same way. We don’t change our vantage point or try to see things any differently.
Perceptions are malleable. You can change them if you choose to. Try looking at your circumstances from a different point of view. If the situation you’re stuck in involves another person, try looking at it from their perspective.
You have to be willing to change the way you look at things if you don’t want to stay stuck. You might be surprised how much this one thing alone can change how you see your situation.
2. Focus on what you can control
It’s tough when things have been the same way for so long and you don’t feel like you can affect change. There are circumstances that may be beyond your control.
To get unstuck, focus on what is within your power and control. Own your situation and be willing to accept responsibility for the choices you’ve made. Even when circumstances occur that are not a result of your choices, you can choose how you look at the situation.
In life, you can choose to be a victim or you can choose to get unstuck and move forward. You get to decide how you respond.
Focus on gratitude and see the good in and outside of the situation you currently feel stuck in. You get to control your thoughts and how you behave. Take responsibility and choose to stay positive.
3. Try something new
Look at all potential options for how you can change things. Be willing to think outside the box and consider ideas you hadn’t considered before.
Don’t shut down ideas and think they won’t work. This is your chance to dream bigger and imagine what seems impossible.
Be creative and open to new options. Consider the possibilities and be willing to grow and learn new things. Trying something new takes bravery, but with practice, it gets easier.
4. Change your habits
The idea of changing your habits can feel overwhelming. On the surface, it seems like a big undertaking. The reality is though that even small changes can yield big results over time.
Consider the small habits you could change. Try stacking them with existing habits to make it even easier. Before you know it that repeated action will become normal and you won’t have to think about it.
Choose to add positive habits and eliminate bad habits to propel you forward towards your goals and help you get unstuck in your life.
5. Be consistent
As you work to make changes to help you get unstuck consistency is key. It’s easy to slip back into old patterns of thoughts and behavior.
Change takes intentional effort. Work on being consistent in the areas you are working to change. Consistency combined with bravery will take you far.
6. Choose to let go
People are creatures of habit. If you’ve been holding onto something for a long time, deciding to let it finally go may not come easily. Therapy can be helpful.
It takes inner work and a desire to get unstuck in life over choosing what may be comfortable and familiar. Emotional clutter holds people back and keeps them stuck.
It doesn’t feel good to hold onto anger, resentment, bitterness or any number of negative emotions. Letting go may not be easy, but it is essential for getting unstuck in your life and moving forward.
7. Examine your thoughts
So much of getting stuck has to do with our thoughts and beliefs. Take the time to think about what messages you tell yourself.
Do you have self-limiting beliefs that are holding you back and keeping you stuck? Are you believing lies that simply aren’t true based on something someone told you in your past?
Regardless of how these thought patterns came to be in your life, it’s time to replace them with the truth. Create a growth mindset and embrace imperfections, stop seeking approval from others, reframe criticisms, and be ok with being on the journey without reaching the destination yet.
8. Set your goals
As you’ve gotten out of negative thinking and combatted the lies, now is the time to set new goals. Part of getting unstuck is realizing the possibilities and setting goals that align with your new dreams.
Look at your motivations as you make decisions. Are your motives aligned with your goals?
Once you get unstuck a world of possibilities may open for you. Choose goals that are meaningful and important to you. You’ll be more likely to achieve your goals when you are passionate about them.
If you need a resource for setting your goals, I created the Simply Focused workbook to help you think through your goals and create an action plan.
9. Take action
Feeling stuck can lead to feeling paralyzed in the situation. It’s hard to be motivated when you feel like you can’t move.
After setting your goals, break them down into smaller steps. Then decide every day that you will take action even if in small ways.
It may not be easy. You may not feel motivated but make a commitment to take action anyway. That is the surest way to begin to get unstuck. You can’t make progress if you don’t take action.
10. Slow down
The pace at which we go through life can contribute to a feeling of being stuck. When your schedule gets out of control, it’s tough to feel like you can make changes. Assessing your schedule and making sure it is aligned with your
There are many different ways to slow down during the day. Don’t let yourself get used to being busy all the time. You do have a choice in what you allow into your schedule and your life.
How you spend your time is how you spend your life. Choose carefully.
As you seek to live more intentionally leave space for rest. Allow yourself margin so that you have the ability to say yes to the great.
11. Practice self-care
Part of creating a more balanced schedule means incorporating self-care. Ignoring your own needs is more likely to land you in a state of stuck.
By self-care, I don’t mean spa days. Although those are fine on occasion really taking care of yourself means knowing yourself and what your mind, body, and soul need.
Self-care can look like time alone in silence. It can be coffee with a friend or taking a walk. It’s about being intentional with your choices and honoring your needs.
12. Choose supportive friends
As you get unstuck in your life, choose friends who will support and encourage you in making the necessary changes. It’s much more difficult to make changes when you don’t have a support system.
“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” -Jim Rohn
Be selective with the messages that speak into your life. Unfollow people and pages that don’t help you move forward or that keep you stuck.
Find encouragement where you can. You create your community so select the influential people in your life carefully.
Whether you are stuck with your goals or with your current circumstances, use these 12 tips to get yourself unstuck in your life.
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