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In a Rut? 4 Ways to Get Unstuck

Thursday, October 04, 2012

I'm sharing another article snippet. The full article can be found here:

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Since we all know what ruts are and what our warning signs are, let's jump to getting out!

From the article:
"Reconnect to Your Passion

The good news is, once you recognize that you’re in a funk, there are plenty of things you can do to get out of it. Unlike depression, Seeley says, stuckness doesn’t dull your desire to learn or have unique experiences. You don’t lose your sense of curiosity or interest — they’ve just been simmering on the back burner too long. The way out of this stalled state is to find out what’s really cooking by turning up the heat.

Boyle and Seeley suggest four good strategies:

Flashback to move forward. What did you once enjoy as a child or young adult? Give it a try now. If you liked to dance, get your groove on again. Was cooking your thing? Take a culinary class. Just thinking about the fun you had in your younger days will help you plug into your innate creativity and get you thinking about what might excite you now.
Check out different activities. Novelty is the antidote to stagnation. The way to create some movement in your life is to try something new and experiment a bit. Sure, you’ll find plenty that you don’t like, but you’ll also uncover a few pleasant surprises.
Consider your legacy. By midlife, we have a bit of perspective and a sense of our values and priorities. Think about what they are for you then ask: Do I spend some time each day in support of these qualities? If you don’t, rearrange your schedule and pay daily attention to the principles you care about most and the things you want to be known for.
Give back. Mow your neighbor’s lawn, deliver meals to the homebound, help out at a school. You’ll experience the good feelings of a helper’s high and may even discover your ikigai."

Yes, I had to look up that last word, and I'm glad that I did!

"In English, these translate respectively as 'something one lives for' and 'a reason for being'."

Lots to learn today, SparkFriends, so get/stay out of the rut and keep on moving forward!!
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    This is great! And so true! Now I need to figure out how to make that time commitment to doing the things I'm passionate about really stick. It's far too easy to fill my time with work instead of taking time to do creative things. Another thing to work on this Fall ...
    2024 days ago
    Thanks for sharing! emoticon ikigai. My goal this weekend is to discover it. Maybe I'll figure it out while I'm walking on my new trail. emoticon
    2024 days ago
    That's a great website. Every time I was ready to come back here and comment on your blog, something else caught my attention!!

    I'm happy to say that my rut is pretty shallow these days!I feel like I need to get out and grab all the non-winter weather that's out there; the days are flying and pretty soon, so will the snow!! (As proven by Bovey63's comment)

    2024 days ago
    I have actually been working on this. Coming up with a vision for the next 5 and 10 years of my life. LOL.
    2025 days ago
    Here's to discovering our Ikigai!
    2025 days ago
  • BOVEY63
    I know that I was in a funk and am now coming out of it. I love the idea of revisiting an old favorite - maybe I will start dancing around the house before I get brave enough to do it in a public place again!
    By the way, its getting colder here and we learned a little while ago that school sin the northeast part of the state have been closed due to blizzard-like conditions.
    2025 days ago
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