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8 things to do when you feel stuck in your life or work

8 things to do when you feel stuck in your life or work

Feeling stuck in some area of your life or work can feel like a difficult rut to break out of.

It can make you feel out of control of your life, frustrated, unfulfilled, unhappy and that the life, work and results you really want are passing you by, or out of reach.

Feeling stuck can happen for all sorts of reasons. Maybe the choices you made in your life and work when you were younger no longer serve you. Maybe you have just reached a stage of life where you want something different for yourself but the status quo feels difficult to change. Maybe something happened that has thrown you into a situation you didn’t want, like a business problem, a relationship breakdown, work negatively impacting your personal life, or work no longer feeling fulfilling.

Regardless of the cause of feeling stuck, there are things you can do to get on the path to shift from stuck to thriving.

The first step to get unstuck is to shift your mindset from being problem focussed to being solution focussed. Stop dwelling on feeling stuck. Start telling yourself that you will figure it out. Commit to finding a way. To help you get started with this, here are:

8 things to do when you feel stuck in your life or work:

1. Take some time to think about what is creating your feelings of being stuck. Write them down. Then, next to each thing you have listed write down the outcome you would like to make happen. Be as specific as possible.

2. Brainstorm all the things you can think of that would move you toward that outcome becoming a reality. Put that list into priority order and create a step by step action plan that will move you toward that outcome.

3. Work the plan, consistently and persistently. Breaking it down into really small steps is a powerful way to build momentum and feel like you are making progress. Keep this in mind:

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Collier

4. Celebrate every step and progress, no matter how small. That will keep motivation going and remind you that you are now moving forward.

5. If you need help to work out a way forward or how to do something become a committed learner of that topic. Read books, attend workshops, talk to people who have achieved the outcome you desire, research, hire a coach or expert in what you want to achieve. Don’t allow “I don’t know how” to stop you. Choose to find a way.

6. Keep looking forward to the outcome you are working on creating. Don’t allow yourself to dwell on the past. You can’t change that. All you can do is learn the lesson, apply the learning and move on.

7. Surround yourself with supportive, constructive people who cheer you on. 

8. Have an accountability buddy. It is a powerful way to stay on track with taking action and being solution focussed. It could be a trusted friend or a work colleague. Or start your own group of folks who also want to create change in their life or work too and support each other with achieving your goals.

Just because you feel stuck doesn’t mean you have to stay stuck. How you choose to respknd to your situation will have a big impact on your ability to shift from stuck to thriving. So choose your response wisely. 

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  • Renee L Stambaugh

    I need an accountability buddy…thanks for reminding me.

  • My attention span is far too short for me to ever feel stuck! LOL But good suggestions, for certain.

  • Renee, glad you found the reminder useful. Having an accountability buddy is so powerful, in many different ways and on many different levels.

  • Carol, that made me smile!

  • Pam@over50feeling40

    Good points, Ali! I would add to be teachable and willing to learn new things. I heard a woman in here 60s who still works in communications say the other day that she wasn’t willing to learn new computer programs or social media marketing…my advice then is you might as well retire.

  • Great point Pam. Being a life long learner makes a big difference.

  • Kathy, totally agree with you on how critical 6 and 7 are.