Posted by Todd Smith
The definition of a rut is a deep groove, track or trench with no end in sight, which has been worn by a vehicle or habitual passage. It’s a monotonous routine where you keep trudging along, often losing sight of your own goals and uniqueness. This can be an accurate description of a lifestyle that so many people have fallen into, especially in this economic environment. Does it describe you?
My life experiences have taught me you can’t advance your life forward personally or professionally when you are in a rut. Ruts drag you down and prevent advancement.
If you don’t get out of the rut, you will be frustrated, discouraged, and unfulfilled. Your relationships will suffer and your performance will be adversely affected.
How to Get Out of Your Rut
Recently I visited the website of my cousin, Deb Erickson, who calls herself “The RutBuster.” She has a three-step program to help people get out of a rut.
She’s right on. In fact, I realized that this is the very process I employed when I’ve gotten out of my personal ruts, so I’d like to give those to you now, putting my own spin on them.
Step 1. Become aware. It’s your choice point.
Step 2. Set your intentions. Follow your Internal GPS.
Step 3. Let go and flow. Allow things to unfold naturally.
Once you are clear on what you want, put together your plan; then let things unfold naturally. More than likely you will be moving down a new path in life. Although it is impossible to prepare for everything, if you stay focused on the things that are truly important to you, the doors of opportunity will open before you.
As you focus on the big picture of what’s important to you, The Law of Attraction will kick in just as Brian Tracy predicts: “Each person is a living magnet. We radiate thought energy that sooner or later attracts into our lives the people and circumstances that harmonize with our dominant thought.”
You can get out of the rut. Just allow life to unfold naturally and follow Mark Twain’s advice: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sail. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
It’s time for a little self-evaluation
Take time out to review your situation, evaluate your life, and examine your goals. Ask yourself these questions: Where would I like to take my life? Am I in a rut? Is my marriage in a rut? Is my career in a rut? Is my golf game in a rut?
If you are in a rut, I urge you to watch a short 6-minute video by Deb Erickson on her website at www.deberickson.com. Her book, Get out of the Rut and on with Your Life, may also have some concrete ideas that will help you get out of your rut.
You are in control and you have the power to get any part of your life out of a rut. Just keep your eye focused on the big picture of what you want to achieve and then move down the road at a pace that allows you to enjoy the journey.
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Todd Smith is a successful entrepreneur of 34 years and founder of Little Things Matter. To receive Todd’s lessons, subscribe here. All Todd’s lessons are also available on iTunes as downloadable podcasts.
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