How to Ensure You Don't Stay Stuck in Life

author/source: Paula Attola

Photo Courtesy of Pexels License CC0If there’s one thing you don’t want to be in life -- it is stuck. Yes, many of us will live lives that are similar for long periods, but if we make small incremental changes and work towards our dreams and goals one step at a time, most of us can feel pretty fulfilled most of the time. The issues come when we are stagnant and feel like we are going nowhere fast.

The good news is, no matter how stuck, no matter how trapped, you may feel in life right now, there are lots of things you can do to change that and ensure you get unstuck sooner, rather than later. So, let’s take a look at some of them right now.

1. Be Curious

Life's not about having all the answers; it's about asking the right questions. So channel that inner five-year-old and ask "Why?" more often. Take a course on something you know nothing about, or read a book outside your usual genre. Expanding your horizons starts with a single step of curiosity.

Photo Courtesy of Tom Barrett of Unsplash2. Shake Up Your Routine

Let's face it, doing the same thing day in, and day out is a recipe for feeling stuck. Swap your morning coffee for green tea, try a new exercise routine, or even change the route you take to work. Little changes can lead to significant shifts in perspective.

3. Travel: You Knew This Was Coming!

Mark Twain said, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” And man, he wasn’t kidding! Traveling exposes you to new cultures, ideas, and ways of life. Whether it's a weekend getaway to a neighboring town, a year working travel nurse jobs that take you all over the country, or a month-long odyssey across continents, travel gets you out of your comfort zone and pushes the boundaries of what you thought was possible.

4. Say "Yes" More

And I don’t mean to have that extra slice of cake (though, why not?). I’m talking about opportunities. The next time someone invites you to an event, or there's a chance to take on a new project, say yes! Embrace new experiences. They might just be the detour you need.

5. Declutter

If your space is cluttered, chances are your mind feels the same. Take a weekend to go through your belongings and decide what brings value to your life. Those parachute pants from the 80s? Maybe it's time to let go. A clear space often leads to a clearer mind.

6. Seek Mentorship

Whether it's a career rut or a personal dilemma, finding someone who's been through it can be a game-changer. A mentor provides guidance, shares their experiences, and can offer a fresh perspective on challenges you're facing.

Photo Courtesy of Pexels License CC07. Set Some Goals

Aimless wandering might be fun in a picturesque forest, but in life, it can leave you feeling lost. Whether it's learning a new language, achieving a fitness milestone, or writing that novel you've always talked about, setting clear goals gives you a roadmap out of "Stuckville."

8. Surround Yourself with Uplifters

You know those people who, after spending time with them, make you feel like you can conquer the world? Yeah, get more of them in your life! Surrounding yourself with positive, encouraging folks can inject you with a dose of motivation.

9. Time for Some Inner Chats

It’s hard to move forward when you don’t exactly know where you want to go or what you can do to get there, so it’s never a bad idea to spend some time in your head thinking about what you want and what is keeping you stuck where you are. This will help you to get into the right mindset to make the necessary changes and finally come unstuck.

10. Embrace Change

Yes, I know that change can be very, very scary, maybe even scarier than the average Stephen King, but without it, you will find it nearly impossible to come unstuck, so you need to train yourself to get more comfortable with change, and even try to seek it out and embrace it if you can. It will be hard at first, but it will get easier!

As you can see, being stuck in life is far from a certainty, and no matter how hard you are finding things right now, you can turn it around, get unstuck, and start living a life of growth and achievement beyond your wildest dreams, so, what are you waiting for? Get out there and make it happen!