“The pathway of least resistance and least trouble is a mental rut already made.” – John Dewey
The beginning of a New Year can bring about changes, and for many those New Year resolutions are all falling nicely into place. For some, however, it may seem like just another year, doing the same thing, the same way, knowing that nothing will change, yet hoping that someone will wave a magic wand and all will be well – not so. Being stuck in a rut can be frustrating, boring and safe. It can also lead to depression, which in turn creates negative thinking, and this is what keeps you in that rut.
If, however, you are serious about getting out of that rut, then firstly believe that you can. This belief will give you the motivation you need to succeed and you then sit in the driving seat instead of riding in the boot. I have listed a few motivational points to get you started:
• If you are not in a position to change jobs, then in the meantime find other avenues of fulfillment in your life. Acknowledge those things which you know you enjoy and will give you the greatest satisfaction. If your love is sport, volunteer as a kids coach. Community volunteering builds confidence and boosts morale, not to mention the job satisfaction of knowing you have helped others.
• Have some structure in your life. For me, writing in the early hours of the morning when the house is quiet not only feeds my creativity but gives meaning to my day. Those little things we do not always like about our jobs become less important when we structure our lives in other ways.
• If you keep missing out on that promotion then consider gaining an extra qualification. Studying not only improves your mind, but may broaden your outlook as well, which in turn opens new doors to that position which will give you the job satisfaction you crave.
• Give meaning to everything you do, and do not be afraid to mix it up a little and step outside your comfort zone. Very often the things we most fear are the very things we need to do in order to become successful.
• Motivation comes in all shapes and sizes, however the key to long term success is to take little consistent steps which will get you where you need to be, rather than monumental leaps where you miss the mark completely.
• Wanting to move out of that rut takes a leap of faith. Do something about it today, regardless of how little or insignificant you think it might be; it is the doing that very often starts the motivation, and once those wheels are in motion there is no stopping them.
Being 100% responsible for your own actions is empowering in itself. Life is also meant to be enjoyed, and if most of your precious time is taken up doing something that does not give you fulfillment, then stop, take stock of what is really important and move out of that rut, put your mind into first gear and stay well away from reverse.