We’ve all felt stuck. The promotion didn’t come through at work. Our project somehow just stalled out. A relationship seemed to fall into a litany of the same old thing. It’s a frustrating place to be. What’s more, it’s where most people give up when you should push yourself.
Lack of forward progress doesn’t have to mean failure, though. Momentum loss can be regained. All it takes is a little hard work and a lot of intentionalities. Here are eight tricks to push yourself back into motion.
Be Kind to Yourself
First of all, you’re not going to get anywhere beating yourself up. Take a moment to acknowledge getting stuck happens. It’s ok.
Drop the Baggage
We have a tendency to hold onto the things which hurt us the most. Voices from the past will reach out to keep you mired in self-doubt, anger, and betrayal. Such negative emotions will naturally force everything to a halt. When this happens, it’s time to let go consciously. Rewrite the script to allow for acceptance, happiness, and even joy.
Take the Wider View
It’s easy to have tunnel vision when things aren’t going the way you’d like to. Take a deep breath. What are you’re not seeing? If you’re still not sure, ask someone who might have a clearer vision than you right now.
Learn the Lesson
In every failure, there’s something to be learned. Look for what you can gain from the experience and take this knowledge into the next attempt.
Find the Change
Sometimes the thing stalling us out is ourselves. Is there work required to break a habit of doing more harm than good? Are there relationships requiring a careful examination as to just how helpful they are? Doing the work to remove toxic actions and people from your life is frequently all the impetus you need to move forward again.
Put things into perspective. Where are you really on the path to your goal? What needs to happen next?
You are where you are. Had a recent success? Celebrate! Not doing so well? Acknowledge the defeat. Once you’ve accepted where you are, you can move on to the next stage, whatever it might be.
Find Your Vision
When is the last time you really examined what you’re doing and why you’re here? Revisit your vision in as much detail as possible. Are you pushing yourself?
None of these things are quick fixes. You’re going to have to put some thought into how you approach each step. Once you’re there, though, you’ll be amazed at how quickly everything starts moving again, momentum restored. So hang in there. Before you know it, you’ll be back in motion!