Personal Development

How to Get Out of a Rut

The upside to entrepreneurship is that there’s no one to tell you what to do.

The downside to entrepreneurship is that there’s no one to tell you what to do.

When you’re on fire and having a great day, it’s amazing to get to own your own time. You select your direction, your plans, and you make it all happen.

Every so often, though, we all hit setbacks. Something will bring your momentum to a halt. Sometimes, you’re able to hop right back on track. Other times, you end up stuck.

Why We Get Stuck

Entrepreneurship is challenging. Entrepreneurs are usually very passionate about what they’re doing. That passion and drive are what makes entrepreneurs creative. When an entrepreneur is on fire, they have the most creative ideas, inspiration, and their businesses grow.

In entrepreneurship, though, setbacks are inevitable. When you’re very passionate about a project, results matter. It’s easy to get so attached to outcomes that little derailments or disappointments can feel much larger than they are. A small discouragement can be the straw that breaks the camels back, and there you end up: stuck.

What To Do When You’re Stuck

Remember you’re on the precipice of growth. We rarely feel growth when it’s happening. We mostly just feel really uncomfortable. Being stuck is often a sign of growth. You’ve likely encountered something you haven’t encountered before and aren’t sure how to proceed. When you push through the “stuck,” you come out the other side more powerful than before, with more tools at your disposal.

When you push through a rut, it’s unlikely that same situation will cause a rut in the future, because you’ll know better. Ruts can help you grow.

How to Get Unstuck

1. Talk to someone more knowledgeable than you are. Reach up to your upline for support. Reach out toward a mentor. Someone more experienced will be able to provide the insight you need to keep moving forward.

2. Journal. Writing it out can provide the clarity you need. Do a brain dump, taking 30 minutes to free write everything that comes to mind, without stopping. You’ll be shocked at the clarity you can find spending 30 minutes writing.

3. Get in motion. Take an action. Whether it’s ten minutes jogging or follow up phone calls, taking action can be a good first action toward taking yourself out of the rut.

4. Be patient. It may still take you a couple of days to get out of the rut and into momentum. You may still need to process the situation on your own, but these tips will keep you moving forward and your business growing, through ruts of any size.

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