What to do when you’re in a rut.

what to do when you're in a rut | kourtney thomas life coach st. louis

One of the biggest and most common challenges clients come to me with for fitness or mindset coaching is this:

I feel stuck.

I’m pretty sure most of us have felt that way at some point in our lives, in some area of our lives. And thanks to the internet and social media, it’s easy to look to all the information and knowledge available these days and dive into it searching for solutions.

It’s also really easy to get bogged down in that and end up feeling even more stuck. No solution in sight.

Because all of us, our lives, and our challenges are completely unique, and nuanced, it’s difficult to talk in more than a broad sense about ideas and concepts for addressing that stuck feeling. That’s why personal and individualized coaching exists, and why it provides the most effective change and relief in getting unstuck.

And while the high-level ideas and perspectives from 10,000 feet can sometimes be helpful, I think it can also be useful to examine examples of how those ideas and perspectives translate down on the ground. Basically, what do I actually do when I’m in the rut?

Because sometimes all it takes is one idea to spark one tiny action.

Recently, my podcast partner and I got together and chatted through some of our daily, nitty gritty challenges, and how we’ve worked through them with practical strategies. We talked about stuff like writer’s block, content creation, and meal planning. And ooooooh, if you’ve been in any of those ruts? You’ll definitely find this podcast valuable. I did.

In the spirit of one quick win, today, here’s an on-the-ground idea for a challenge I’m hearing a lot lately: I feel down, I’m not motivated, I literally don’t want to leave my house.

Close your eyes, right now, no matter what time of day it is, and take a deep breath. Do that one more time. Open your eyes and write down the single thing that would make your day a success, purely based on feeling. As in, not based on some external expectation or idea of productivity or a should or a have to. Just based on the feeling you want to have at the end of the day, something based on what would feel good to you, in a big way or a little way. Again, make sure you write it down. That’s a key point. Of course, you’ll likely have lots more things you need to do throughout the day, but at some point in the day, do that single thing. Strike a line through it when you’re done. Notice that incremental feeling of better.

One tiny step toward getting unstuck.

Listen to the podcast here (Episode 6.2), or anywhere you regularly listen to podcasts. And if any of these ideas resonate with you, please forward and share with your friends!

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