Getting Out of A Rut

 In #zerobarriers, Motivational Monday
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Sometimes we feel like we need someone to drag us out of our rut. Photo credit Losangelescitytowing.com

There are times in life that can make us feel like staying in bed.  We can all relate in one way or another and think of a time when all we really wanted to do is go through the necessary motions of life and avoid attempts to exercise, socializing and attending activities. There are probably a million reasons to do the exact opposite, but I am only going to provide 16.

  1. One Goal. Whenever I’ve been in a rut,  it’s often because I have committed myself to so many things, I struggle to accomplish even one thing.  This always ends up robbing me of any available energy or motivation. Stick to one thing at a time and stay positive. We mentioned this 6 years ago and looking back, it still holds true here.
  2. Find your inspirational soundtrack. Honestly, this can come from anywhere. For me, music is such a big part of my life and no matter what is going on, I always find a soundtrack to go along the road I’m on.
  3. Get Pumped. This sounds obvious, but most people don’t think about it much: if you want to break out of a rut, get pumped about a goal. But how can you do that when you don’t feel motivated? Well, for me it starts with music. (See above)
  4. Set a date.  I have never had to worry about getting my body ready for the beach because I don’t have access to beach, nor do I mind what I look like.  But I hear this often, people get into a workout routine so they are confident they will look good once their feet touches the sand.  Set a date. Don’t hesitate to do this. Put it on a calendar.  This gives a clear time table to measure your progress.
  5. Plaster your goal everywhere! Write it on post-it notes, and put it up on your bathroom mirror or refrigerator.  Honestly, this should be everywhere
  6. Tell everyone! None of us likes to fail in front of others.  Try posting your goal on social media, or telling your friends about it.
  7. Think about it daily. Don’t let your goals consume you, but you should in all honestly, be conscious of what your goals are and how your actions can either support this or put you back into your rut.
  8. Get support. It’s hard to go it alone. One of the many times that I quit smoking, I attended nicotine anonymous meetings. It really helps to be surrounded by others who are going through similar struggles because you end up helping each other to get out of the rut you are in.
  9. Roll with it. You are not going to roll out of bed everyday ready to conquer the world. If you do, please share with me how you do this.  There will be days when you do not feel all that motivated. That’s ok! We all have our days when we just can’t seem to get going. Every day is another start.
  10. Ride it out! You will hit more ruts, but trust me, if you hunker down and keep going, you will be able to get to the next wave of motivation and then ride it out!
  11. Start small. If you are having a rough time getting started, it may be because you’ve set the bar too high. You are setting your self up to fail if your goals are not realistic. Be positive when you reach small milestones, and keep building on them. The pyramids were not built in a day.  Anything worth while will take some building. Like a Lego set.
  12. Stack up success. Start small and build on it. This could be doing the same thing over and over.  Be consistent. Do one little thing a day that helps work toward your goal.  Once you can do this over and over without fail, you can move onto your next challenge.
  13. Tell everyone again! Don’t be too modest with your success. Let your friends know that you are reaching your goals and celebrate your new found support.
  14. Get advice if you hit another rut.  Take to social media and ask for guidance. Everyone does this and everybody has seen this, don’t feel embarrassed about it.
  15. Look on the bright side. If you are working out and feeling sore, don’t focus on how bad your body hurts. Try to look at how all this will pay off by getting you in better shape physically and mentally.
  16. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Ruts are not permanent. Setbacks are bound to happen. But when they do, shrug it off and ride it out to the next wave!
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