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4 Common Reasons You Might Feel Stuck in Life

And multiple potential solutions for each one.

I see this a lot.

On social media. In real life. Conversations I overhear.

People feel stuck in place.

They don’t think they can make forward momentum in their lives.

It’s a tough place to be in.

It can feel all-consuming, a heavy feeling that wraps around you like a wet blanket.

There are many reasons why you might feel stuck in life.

And there are also potential solutions.

There’s no overnight cure, but maybe you can feel better in three sleeps. Or four sleeps? Who knows?

But you’ll never know if you don’t continue the search for the right information.

So let’s get started.

Feeling stuck starts with your thoughts. If you think you’re stuck, you’re stuck. It’s as simple — and as complicated — as that.

Thoughts create your situation. They frame how you see the world. They are, in fact, the foundation of your current paradigm. It’s so easy to use your thoughts to create a convenient narrative about why you can’t go anywhere. I’ve done it all the time. But the problem with that is that it’s NOT true. There’s always something that you can do.

Negative thinking is a slippery slope. In a way, it’s adaptive. It keeps you in place, in your perceived safety. When you think yourself into a corner, you don’t have to go anywhere. The ego wants that because your ego wants to keep you safe and secure. Every time that I’ve told myself that there’s no hope is because, deep down, I’m scared, and my silly brain thinks that moving through fear will lead to my destruction.

It’s simply not true.

Here are a few things to try if you feel that there is no hope of any change in your life.

Let’s move on to the next reason.

Maybe you hate your job. So many people do. What can you do if that’s the case? It’s hopeless, right?

Wrong. You have more power than you realize. You’re not stuck in a prison working for extremely low wages even though it might feel like it at times. There are probably small ways that you can create some opportunity for yourself.

But it’s totally understandable. You spend so much of your life at work that, if you hate what you do, it can have a profound negative impact on your life.

For many people, work becomes life. If you love what you do, this is fine. But if you hate your work, you hate your life.

It’s time to get your life back.

This is a big one. If you don’t like the community you live in, it’s very easy to feel stuck in place.

Communities have their own character. There are people who do similar jobs and say similar things. There are the same buildings you see every day. There’s the weather. There’s the way clouds hang over your head. There’s the way the clouds don’t hang over your head. You get the point. There are things about your current location that are a real drag.

So drag your butt to your favorite place in your community, and let’s see if we can change this.

I’ve had some relationships in my life that were completely energy-draining. They were totally one-sided. I knew I needed to cut them off, but I just couldn’t. They were safe. They were familiar. Still, they made me feel stuck.

It’s quite possible that you have some relationships like this. What do you do in this situation? It’s not like you can just sneeze in your friends’ faces and say sayonara!

We need connection; humans are wired for it. But your first and most important relationship is the one that you have with yourself. If you’re not treating yourself well, how can you expect others to do the same? How can you even attract the right people to you if you don’t know what you deserve?

Your thoughts. Your job. Your community. Your relationships.

All of these paint a pretty complete picture of why you might be feeling stuck. The thing is, you have latent power available to change each of these realities. If you start small, you can begin to chip away at what’s holding you back. Before you know it, you’re a human being emerging from the statue that you’ve been living in.

Becoming human again is what it’s all about.

Regain your humanity by realizing just how much possibility you still have.

And then seize the moment and do something about it.

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