But first, let’s look inward and really self-reflect...
What vicious cycles are we “stuck” in? What insanity are we perpetuating? Albert Einstein probably didn’t even say this famous quote that is attributed to him and although it’s an overused cliche, it’s absolutely true. Why do we do the same things over and over and expect different results? Are we really insane? No, we’re just human. Human beings are creatures of routine. And as humans, we naturally we seek comfort. Change is not comfortable. For most of us, it is challenging to try different approaches to the problems in our life or to take action in the areas we wish to change so we get “stuck” doing what comes easiest or we get “stuck” repeating the same cycles over and over.
As cliché as the quote is, it still holds true. If you want different results than what you’re getting, then you have to do something different. The things you did yesterday have brought you to the life you have today. If you want something different, then you have to do something different today to create a different life tomorrow. There’s no other way to get there. If nothing changes, then nothing changes. It's so simple yet so hard for most of us.
Whether it’s your career, relationships, thinking patterns, behaviors or habits you wish to change, it’s up to you to do it. And even though it may feel like you’re stuck, no one is stuck where they are unless they decide they are stuck—it's a choice. We choose to stay “stuck”. "Stuck" is a state of mind and the way we think has a huge impact on how we act. If you think that you are stuck, then you are less likely to take any action. Your mindset is what is stuck...it essentially paralyzes you from acting. Realize that stuck is a “feeling” much like “hungry” or “cold” — it is impermanent and changeable. It can be heavy and it can pull you down, but it is not cement and it is not forever—you can break out and break free. Life is too incredible and amazing to stay stuck in a rut. So, whatever it is that makes you feel “stuck”, realize that you have the power to make a change at any moment in your life and that you are exponentially stronger than you think! We often resist change because change can be hard. Change is not easy but it is possible!
Never stop trying— but maybe it’s just time to try again in a different way or to simply start over. It's never too late. And it's a new year, but you don't need a new year...every single moment is a new opportunity and a fresh start.
If we want different outcomes, then our choices and actions must reflect that.
Simple concept but not easy.
Don’t stay stuck. Break the vicious cycle. Live your best life.