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Some new perspectives to help you get unstuck

Are you treading water or running just to keep still?  Do you feel worn out with no options?

What if you decided not to be stuck and chose adventure, exploration, excellence and renewal instead of safety, familiarity, and acceptance?  Where would you go, what would you do?

It takes courage and commitment to truly respond to nagging unease in our lives.  All too often we give ourselves a good talking to, knuckle down and carry on, reminding ourselves that “life is not meant to be easy, that work is just that, work, and that I should be grateful for what I’ve got”.

We usually talk ourselves out of breaking free of a rut, creating something new and more valuable, or reinventing ourselves.  Through lack of self belief, fear of the unknown or by playing by outdated rules, we succumb to what Thoreau called “lives of quiet desperation”, postponing our dreams as though our lives were infinite.  We keep waiting “til the time is right, til we feel ready, til our kids our grown, til the bills are all paid, til we’ve got more time, more energy or more certainty….” And then, before we know it, our time is up.

Will you choose the well trodden path of patience and conformity?  Or are you ready to take a voyage of reinvention, trading goals of  “control” and “security” for the hope of discovering freedom and fulfillment?

You’ve probably been told that to improve your situation you need to knuckle down, preserve your assets and position, put in more hours, think long and hard about what you want and be realistic about what you can achieve.

Does this advice still hold true in our rapidly changing world?  And does it allow you to move forward in a healthy, enlivening and happy way?

If you’re feeling trapped or frustrated and are tired of following outdated advice, it might be time to do some things differently.

Here are some insights from inspirational thinkers that challenge traditional wisdom and can help you to trust yourself and start to get unstuck.

Let go of the illusion of safety

“Security is mostly superstition. It does not exist in nature…Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure.  The fearful are caught as often as the bold.” ~ Helen Keller

Stop working so hard

“When you’re in a place where hard work stops working, you are battling one of the most powerful forces of nature…The Plateau Effect is woven into the fabric of the universe…Sometimes, the best way to get ahead is to take a step back… Giving yourself permission to pass up a promotion or take a pay cut to go to a company with more opportunities for growth could be the best long-term career choice you’ve ever made.  As they say on airplanes, sometimes the closest exit door is behind you.” ~ Bob Sullivan and Hugh Thompson

Slow down and think less for greater clarity 

“When our mind is empty, it can be filled with insights from the natural intelligence that exists beyond our personal thinking.  This natural intelligence is our innate wisdom….when we listen without anything on our mind, we become receptive to a wisdom that comes from beyond our experience.” ~ Michael Neil

Believe in miracles

“By giving up on the apparent safety of the known in search of the as yet unknown, we enter the field of pure possibility – the space where miracles happen.” ~ Carol Pearson

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