I get it, and I’ve been there. I know those months where you’re simply just watching your chest as it rises and falls with air, but are lacking motivation (not to mention wild, vivid LIFE).
So how do you shake your rut, and get back to momentum? I recently made a little checklist of steps I find helpful in an attempt to pull myself out a watering hole and reset my drive.
Take it outside
It’s easy to get stagnant when you’re staring at the same four walls everyday. It’s easy to lose sight of your purpose, your values and your passions when you become too familiar with your surroundings.
Step outside – whether it is just for a brisk walk, a challenging hike, or a leisurely swim. Reacquaint yourself with nature and the wonder that our planet has to offer! By reminding yourself how vast the world is, it might help bring you back down to Earth, and see the larger picture.
Analyze your relationships
I am not a promoter of displacing your personal blame on the people around you. By no means am I suggesting that your relationships are the cause of your rut. However, it is important to evaluate the people you share your life with.
We should hold all of our relationships to the standard that we hold our romantic relationship to. Whether it is your boyfriend, your best friend, or your brother, they should encourage you to always vibrate at a higher frequency and chase your dreams! Attempt to surround yourself with people that are driven and motivated, and follow by their example. You and your tribe can celebrate each other’s triumphs!
Know your roots
When crawling out of a rut, recognize your roots. Revel at how far you have come, whether it be in terms of your career, your personality or your relationships. You are allowed to be a work in progress, but appreciate how many lightyears away you are from the little girl (or boy) that you once were.
Look at how far you’ve come as an example of how much further you can go.
Understand your comfort zone
When you hit a plateau, you may need to evaluate what is blocking you from moving forward in your journey. It’s easy to set barriers for yourself – this is called your comfort zone. Make tiny moves to step outside of your comfort zone.
“If you want something you have never had, you must be willing to do something you have never done.” – Thomas Jefferson
Set little goals
This point can resonate with understanding your comfort zone. Set little (achievable) goals, and celebrate when you surpass them. This exercise can help you reevaluate your comfort zone, whilst simultaneously giving you a little pat on the back when you complete a task.
A sense of accomplishment can always help push us out of our ruts, and motivate us to continue in a forward motion.
Emphasize your passion
Don’t lose sight of your strengths and your passions. Passion is the one thing that can keep us ticking when motivation and determination fade away. When the promise of a dollar is no longer incentive to push forward, evaluate how your passions play into all of your decisions.
Let me know the little tips and tricks you use to push yourself harder and further,