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August 15, 2021

Do You Feel Trapped or Stuck in a Rut?

One of the greatest hidden dangers to your personal satisfaction in life that you might face is a repetitive, unfulfilling lifestyle. While it’s obvious that major tragedies in your life are difficult to deal with, it’s far harder when all you’re surrounded with on a day to day basis is mediocrity and the mundane.

You might tread through life, day after day, year after year, feeling as though you’re not going anywhere. After a certain point in time, you feel like you’re just running in circles – not actually getting anything accomplished.

Being stuck in a rut like this isn’t necessarily obvious to you at first, because you’re not distinctly upset by it like you would be with something major. You’re not extremely sad, but you’re not happy either.

It’s like living in a purgatory, but over the years, this can really weigh down on your mental health. Not feeling as though you’re making any progress is a horrible feeling – especially after many years.

The first step in the right direction is realizing that you’re not where you want to be. Many people aren’t aware that they’re stuck until it’s far too late, and they’re already past the point of being able to do anything about it.

Instead, you have to catch the situation early, so that you can make the right course correction in your life in time for you to live the way that you want to. This is a pretty difficult process to do, though, which is why it’s so often undetected until someone is elderly and looking back on all of their regrets.

There’s a lot of comfort to be had in the things that you already know. Going through life doing the same thing day after day does make you feel secure, because you already know how almost every day is going to turn out.

While it does have a lot less risk, it also has far less reward. One important aspect of escaping this rut is being able to pinpoint exactly what’s going wrong. If you try to lump everything together, claiming that your life has just come to screeching halt, then you’re not going to be able to fix anything.

In order to fix something, you have to know what the exact problem is. Knowing that there’s a problem is a crucial step, but it’s not the most important part. You have to be able to point out exactly what it is in your life that’s holding you back – whether that be your job, your home life, your location, or anything. Only then can you start to make changes accordingly.

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Eric Cooper
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