In a Rut? 6 Ways to Overcome Self Doubt
Being in a rut happens to everyone.
You know you’re good at what you do. Yet, the gigs aren’t coming, for whatever reason. Or your relationship is in a not-so-great spot. Perhaps home life is taking up more time than anticipated. The list is endless…
It’ll be alright. Dry spells happen to everyone. Ruts occur when routine loses its site of the ultimate goal. You’re doing the same thing that everyone else does, yet it doesn’t seem to be working for you… That’s because the method you’re currently using probably isn’t the best one for you.
Everyone is different. What works for one person might not necessarily work for you. However, different personality types gravitate toward certain methods of accomplishing specific goals.
People with Type A personalities use their methodical proclivities to achieve certain goals within a measurable time frame. They are not exactly spontaneous or romantic people (I’m totally guilty). We pride ourselves in using metrics to gauge our current whereabouts while ensuring most benefits trickle down into other areas of meeting the goal.
People with Type B personalities usually dwell in spontaneity and regard themselves as free spirits. Individuals who practice this more free style of living also find solace in using guidelines, instead of routines. They choose to de-regulate themselves in an effort to seek out their truth.
Naturally, everyone possesses varying degrees of these kinds of personalities. Regardless, we must first determine what kind of individual we are currently, and then choose what kind of person we are aspiring to become.
First, find your likes and dislikes about what you’re doing and how you behave.
Second, research what steps tend to generally work for everyone.
Then, analyze which steps goal setting steps may work for you.
Finally, confirm your steps and follow through.
Hopefully, these six concepts will help you in getting out of your rut. Also, before I forget, here is a fantastic link toward achieving smart goals. This method worked great for my methodical brain. Let me know if it works for you!
1. Find Inspiration in the Smallest Things
At times like these, we need to go back to basics. It makes sense to revert back to our comfort zone, however, that method might remind you of all the goals you didn’t achieve. Instead, break the routine and walk down the path less traveled. Smell some flowers and walk a nature trail. Have lunch inside your normal spot instead of getting take out.
2. Change Your Routine
Brush teeth. Do hair. Make coffee. Blast Anthrax. Wait… what?
It’s your day. Do with it as you will. Combine your normal hygenic routines with other things that make you feel pumped to fend off the negativity. Arm yourself with the criteria necessary to kick ass and take names.
Regardless of how you change it up, make sure exercise is a part of it. You’re going to need a strong heart to attack those goals.
3. Immerse Yourself in New Music
When you’re searching for clarity, look toward the soundtrack of your life. I enjoy listening to other groups that I might not have heard before. My favorite approach is opening my Spotify account and review the Discover playlist. Seriously. It’s amazing. Some of the band names these artists come up with are either brilliant or absolutely hilarious.
4. Get Some Much Needed Rest
Dude. Take a nap. Your brain will thank you later.
Are you a toddler? Of course not. However, self-respecting parents encourage their little ones to adjust to a sleeping ritual. You are still a growing human being, evolving moment to moment. No matter what you were conditioned to think, rest is necessary for all people of all ages.
5. Seek A Different Perspective
This is a great time to call up an old friend and go out for coffee. I believe in making friends and getting a different perspective. Broadening your horizons ensures your investigative side remains sharp and ready at a moment’s notice. I sincerely appreciate close and personal confidantes who actively listen to my story and provide feedback to improve my situation. It not only helps me gain clarity, but it also makes me love my life more, thanks to the people who are in it.
6. Give Yourself a Break
Buddy, you’re being too hard on yourself. When we set goals, we tend to overwhelm ourselves with the “all or nothing” mentality. Take a breather and review your mental process for acquiring our achievements. Please keep in mind: there is absolutely nothing wrong with taking a day off or an hour off.
However, there is something wrong with wasting time.
Attack your goal. You deserve it. Damn what anyone else says.
Go get ’em, kid.