How to Get Out of a Rut

Good morning beautiful people,

Today I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be “stuck”. Why do we refer to these periods as ruts? A rut is a long deep track made by a repeated passage. When you go skiing, these ruts can be beneficial. You use the carved path to maneuver safely down the hill. You know that someone has gone before you and created their own impression in the snow.

But sometimes, these pathways become so deeply carved into the snow that there are no more options. The snow towers around these pathways like tyrannical walls, and you have no choice but to slide down the hill the same way again and again and again.

If your day has become one of these deeply carved expressways, you need a fresh snowfall. We’re creatures of habit that enjoy routine and structure. When this routine repeats itself for too long, what used to be comforting becomes dull, unproductive, and difficult to change.

A fresh snowfall comes in many different forms. It could be moving to a new city, changing jobs, getting a novel hobby, or simply adjusting a daily routine to infuse each day with a fresh perspective. You don’t have to uproot your life to get un-stuck. A change in your mindset can be just as powerful as a change in scenery (often, much more powerful).

This past weekend I went to the park with a friend and a deck of oracle cards. We laid out a blanket and lounged on the grass and entered a meditative state. I touched each card and fanned them out in front of me with my eyes gently pressed shut. As my fingertips grazed the cards, I asked my question and plucked one from the deck.

After turning the card over, I stared down at it in disbelief. The card read “Stuck in the Mud”. I had asked a clear question about where I was on my current path. The strange thing is, I started writing this blog post a few days before this card reading session. The card told me that although I may feel stuck in a repetitive cycle at the moment, being stuck in the mud is not about struggle.

The harder you struggle to get out of a rut, the further you sink into the mud. The best way to get unstuck is to immerse yourself fully in the here and now. The card told me to fully appreciate my current circumstance and see all of the good that could be coming out of where I am right now. It also told me to trust in the larger plan.

Of course, taking action is essential to create change, but we can’t create change if we don’t accept where we are in our lives right now. It’s only when we ground ourselves that we can establish a plan to manifest our dreams into our reality.

If you’re currently stuck and feel a lack of motivation, inspiration, or energy, it’s time to make a plan. Take a raw and honest look at your current situation. What are you afraid of? What changes do you want to make? What actions do you need to take to start moving toward your goals?

Once you write down the answers to these important questions, release them and trust that your intentional actions will bring you results. Look at the growth that is coming out of your current life situation.