Feeling stuck and unmotivated can be the worst, right? Why does it happen, and what can we do about it? Here are some tips on how you can get unstuck.
Find your focus.
Often, the most difficult part of taking action is knowing where to start – if you recognise this, get clear on the end result that you’re seeking.
When we dream of winning the lottery, we don’t dream about piles of bank notes. We dream of the home we’d live in, the holidays we’d have surrounded by friends and family having a great time, we imagine ourselves driving our dream car.
The same goes for any kind of success. We envisage what the end product will be once we’ve achieved it.
Remembering what it is we want to gain, and how our lives could be improved, can help to keep us focused.
Accept that it might get uncomfortable.
Taking action means we want to change, and change can be hard. When we want to move out of our comfort zone, we have to let go of what we know, and that means taking risks on the unknown or the uncertainty.
We come up against our subconscious barriers and fears. Maybe we dread failure, or we compare ourselves to others and think we’re not doing, or being, ‘enough’.
When you feel stuck, recognise what it is exactly you feel stuck about. Identifying what’s wrong will help you to get unstuck. Is it the practicality of not knowing what to do, or is it more about your internal thoughts?
Be honest, and get unstuck quicker.
Inaction teaches us what we don’t want. And maybe it’s telling us our heart isn’t really in it.
If you struggle to get going, or to keep going, ask yourself if you still want this. Go back to your ‘why’. Is this goal still important to you, or have your priorities changed? Are you no longer sure that it’s worth the effort it will take, and do you need to realign or modify your goal, to fit where you are right now?
There is no shame in dropping something that no longer serves you, or changing your mind. In fact, ploughing on with something when your heart is no longer in it, can be more harmful. It can affect your self esteem if you’re continuing to put effort in, when you know you’re not getting the results you want. This is a sure sign, something needs to change.
So, if you’re struggling with a particular goal and you’re feeling unmotivated, try some of these tips to get unstuck. It will help to improve your confidence, and longer term chances of success when you deal with issues quickly, and will give you the momentum to keep going.
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