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How to shake yourself out of your rut for genuine Success

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How to shake yourself out of your rut for genuine success

 

Outward success doesn’t necessarily mean that we have it all. What’s going on inside might be very different.

It’s like the time I completed my nth audit, had a very happy client who agreed to a fee raise which meant I met my KPI target and got a 25% pay raise but inside I thought, if I ever have to do another audit, I’ll throw up.

What used to give me satisfaction suddenly didn’t make sense. I’ve had clients tell me that they too have experienced the same feeling that has led them to query whether they want a job or career change.

Something has to give. The status quo is challenged.

At some point or the other, each one of us has felt that we are caught in a rut, cannot move forward and cannot move backwards.  There’s  a Hindi phrase for it – Trishanku’s Heaven.

A sense of claustrophobia sets in and is quite apparent to those around us from our behavior. The Law of Attraction tells us that “like attracts like”.

If we are despondent and view the world negatively, we will only attract more negativity sinking deeper into our rut.  Self help books and counseling may offer solutions but at the end of the day, it is up to us to get up, shake ourselves free of whatever is holding us back and have a go at getting what we want.

 

Step out of your comfort zone and shake things up a little to get rid of your inertia

Whether it is a slight tweak to our routine or a life changing decision, the best way to go about it is with baby steps. Stepping out of your comfort zone means you need to ensure that you sustain your commitment and energy levels not to mention drive to get things moving. Be comfortable in what you are doing, and as your confidence goes up, you will dare to go further and challenge yourself.

 

Do something new today  

Just shaking up your routine can create a ripple effect for you.  Again, it does not have to be earth shattering, why not make a change to your exercise routine or try out a new restaurant for Sunday lunch?

New activities bring new perspectives and a different view of the world, whether outside of or within you. You might just find the missing piece of the puzzle that will get you out of your rut.

 

Deal with your fears head on

Whether it is societal conditioning or a limiting belief that you hold about yourself or your abilities, sit down and analyze where the fear is coming from.

If you find yourself procrastinating, ask yourself, what is stopping you, what do you believe, what is the fear behind the belief?

Self challenge to step out and deal with the issue on hand. Ask yourself, what is the worst that can happen? Most probably not enough to stop you from stepping out of your comfort zone and doing something concrete to get out of the state of inertia.

 

Stand in the realm of possibility

 

Stop treating the situation like a problem to be solved

Most importantly, when faced with a situation, don’t think of it as a problem and get caught but as an opportunity for growth and change and a chance to challenge yourself to the limit. Remember, nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Stand in the realm of possibility. See what happens when you step out of your comfort zone and make changes. Keep a journal for a week and note down on a daily basis

        

        In what ways were you open or closed to possibilities today?

        What triggered your being open or closed?

        What were the outcomes of your being open or closed?

        When you remained open, what impact did that have on your behavior and of those around you?

Take stock at the end of the week about the changes you noticed in yourself and your situation and celebrate the joys of stepping out of your comfort zone, getting out of your rut and walking into the sunshine.

Whenever you find yourself stuck in a rut or between a rock and a hard place, just look at your journal and the above 4 questions. Oh yes, and do come back and share your experiences. Knowledge shared is knowledge enhanced!

 

What definitive action will You take today?

 

Shaking yourself out of your rut means being open to change because every Hero Journey begins with a Call to Adventure.

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10 Responses to “How to shake yourself out of your rut for genuine Success”

  1. Natasha Botkin says:

    Divine timing is always on time. Thanks, I needed this. Xoxo

  2. Reba Linker says:

    My favorite part was to stop seeing the situation as a problem, and start seeing it as an opportunity. That is my motto (“Every obstacle is a doorway”) and yet somehow I needed to read it from you today! So grateful for this post!

  3. Suzie Cheel says:

    No problems just opportunities to let go and grow- brilliant xxoo This was uplifting thank you

    • Karmic Ally says:

      My pleasure, Suzie. Often reframing the subject or viewing it from a different angle creates the much desired breakthrough when we’re caught in a rut.

  4. Karmic Ally, I love your ideas of taking baby steps to make a change because change is not a natural choice in human nature. We like routine, even if we don’t like the routine itself. So your idea of making a small change is great. Bite off a size of change that is easy to swallow.

    • Karmic Ally says:

      Baby steps, little nibbles at the big mountain ultimately lead to the momentum we need to create change, which as you rightly pointed out, Kathleen, is not a natural choice in human nature. Thank you for sharing your wisdom with us!

  5. Joyce Hansen says:

    I didn’t realize how comfortable I was in my comfort zone until I read this today. I guess it’s time to put myself out there again. Deep breath, and one step at a time.

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Using a combination of intuition and analytical skills, I help my clients identify their real issues with exercises to still their mind and allow their inner feeling to emerge in a place of confidentiality and trust.

I work with driven, passionate, talented and ambitious professionals who’ve hit a speed breaker in their business or career create their desired breakthrough reclaiming control of their situation with customized strategies and tactics that work.

When my clients first come to me, they are not in a very happy place and need clarity about themselves and their chosen vocation. Their professional problems are playing havoc with other areas of their life. They know they need to take radical steps to change the status quo but they also know that they need support and accountability to get them their desired result.

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