Have you ever felt like you’re “stuck” in life?
Getting stuck happens to all us. Yes, even the happiest, most successful and creative people get stuck from time to time. It’s something that everyone experiences. What differentiates the happiest, most successful people from those that remain stuck is the ability to find the strength and will to keep moving anyway. When you think about it, if you’re moving you’re not that stuck after all.
Down deep everyone wants to make the necessary changes to live a better and happier life. The problem is we end up stuck in the minutiae of day to day living that leads us to do more of the same because it’s what we know.
Being stuck is not so much a circumstance as it is a choice. We need to dig deep to find the will and courage to make change even when it’s hard, and there is no doubt about the fact that change is hard.
You might get inspired by a person, a speech, a book or even a good read from your favorite inspirational quotes. Wherever you find your inspiration, the goal is to take one small action to get the ball rolling.
Remember these quotes when you feel stuck:
“The chains that keep you bound to the past are not the actions of another person. They are your own anger, stubbornness, lack of compassion, jealousy and blaming others for your choices. It is not other people that keep you trapped; it is the entitled role of victim that you enjoy wearing. There is a familiarness to pain that you enjoy because you get a payoff from it. When you figure out what that payoff is then you will finally be on the road to freedom.” ~ Shannon L. Alder
“But there was a difference between being stuck and choosing to stay. Between being found and finding yourself.” ~ Martina Boone, Compulsion
“Choices may be unbelievably hard but they’re never impossible. To say you have no choice is to release yourself from responsibility and that’s not how a person with integrity acts.” ~ Patrick Ness, Monsters of Men
“I believe having a vision in mind, a goal let’s say, is a good thing. Unfortunately, so many of us are blinded by the greatness of our vision that paralysis and inaction sets in. What I try to do is focus on the individual steps, the moments if you will, and let them lead one to the next. The vision that eventually appears may not be exactly what you had in mind, but it will be the right one for you, because you did the work and you took the necessary action.” ~ Charles F. Glassman, Brain Drain The Breakthrough That Will Change Your Life
“As long as you’re moving, it’s easier to steer.” ~ Anonymous
“Most of the things that stop us aren’t things that we can’t do, but things we refuse to learn.” ~ James Woosley, Conquer the Entrepreneur’s Kryptonite: Simple Strategic Planning for You and Your Business
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” ~ Steve Jobs
“If you’re stuck in the past, you go forward in reverse” ~ Josh Stern
“There are two paths of which one may choose in the walk of life; one we are born with, and the one we consciously blaze. One is naturally true, while the other is a perceptive illusion. Choose wisely at each fork in the road.” ~ T.F. Hodge, From Within I Rise: Spiritual Triumph Over Death and Conscious Encounters with “The Divine Presence”
“If we stay where we are, where we’re stuck, where we’re comfortable and safe, we die there. We become like mushrooms, living in the dark, with poop up to our chins. If you want to know only what you already know, you’re dying. You’re saying: Leave me alone; I don’t mind this little rathole. It’s warm and dry. Really, it’s fine. When nothing new can get in, that’s death. When oxygen can’t find a way in, you die. But new is scary, and new can be disappointing, and confusing – we had this all figured out, and now we don’t. New is life.” ~ Anne Lamott, Help Thanks Wow: The Three Essential Prayers
Whether you find inspiration in one of these quotes or not, the goal is to find it somewhere to keep moving. Life’s too short to remain stuck in the same place, especially when that place doesn’t feed your soul. Make the choice to get unstuck and do whatever it takes to take a step. Sometimes it’s that first step out of the mud; that is the most rewarding.