I’ve been in ruts before, and I’m sure I’ll be in them again.
That’s fine. I’d rather be in the occasional funk and know I can pull myself out. The alternative is never knowing when the hammer will fall.
And when it falls, it falls hard.
There’s a strange kind of melancholy that comes with feeling trapped like that. Like every day is the same.
Like nothing you do matters.
It’s subtler and less terrible than full-blown depression, which might even make it hard to complain about.
“What you think you have it bad? A vague sense of dissatisfaction? Boo hoo!”
But it’s a bigger problem than most folk give it credit for.
The common advice is to “shake things up”. If you’re in a rut, then make a change – any change.
There’s wisdom to this advice. Something as simple as changing which wall your laptop faces can do the trick.
So give that a go.
It could work.
If it doesn’t… or if it works for a while, then stops… then you need to do this:
You need to shake things up.
But not out there in the physical world. I’m talking in here – shake up your thoughts first and your circumstances will follow.
And even if they don’t changing how you think makes everything seem fresh again.
This is what I did.
And it’s what I’ll do again the next time everything feels stagnate.
I’ll reach inside my mind, find the thoughts that are stuck in loops and give them a nudge.
I’ll take my paradigms and give them a tweak.
And I’ll do what I cover in Monster Mind Edukaré, which you can grab right here: