Picture this: Oprah waking up in the
morning and thinking to herself, “nah, I don’t feel like doing anything today.”
Or Tony Robbins not having the energy to
practice what he preaches.
Or Walt Disney thinking that storytelling
is just too much work.
Well, at some point, all of these things
have probably happened. The truth is, everyone goes through periods where they
have no motivation to do anything. In fact, sometimes we can become so
unmotivated that we don’t even want to put forth the energy to make a change.
However, getting yourself out of your rut
doesn’t have to be a huge project. I can recall several times in my life where
I finished a day and thought to myself, “So, this is it? This is what ‘happily ever after’ is supposed to look like?”
This is usually during times when
everything has become so monotonous that my life’s trajectory seems pretty
When this has happened to me in the past,
I made a few small changes–nothing drastic–and I would regain inspiration and
a sense of purpose. In this article, I will reveal 21 ways to get out of your
rut. Even if you have been in a rut before, it can be hard to recall the
recommendations to improve your life when you’re stuck in the middle of it, so
this doesn’t have to be the first rut you’ve experienced to get something good
out of this article.
The feeling of being in a rut can go unnoticed for a while before you realize that you’ve been stuck on autopilot for several months. If this is the case, or if you have been aware of your negative state for quite some time and haven’t taken any action to change, it could be a sign of depression, which is very different from being in a motivational slump. If you have lost hope or feel like there is no point in living anymore, the help that you need is beyond the scope of this article. Rather, it’s best to talk to a trained mental health professional. There are many resources such as SAMHSA and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline that are available to help you if you feel completely lost.
However, if you have no motivation to do
anything right now, but you believe it’s a temporary issue and you just need to
shake things up a bit, then we are here to help.
Hopefully you already know that you won't
find the inspiration you’re seeking in that extra drink at night, or a new
relationship to help fill a void. You also won’t find meaning in your life if
you ignore your feelings.
Being in a rut is your…