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Stuck in a Rut

Updated: Nov 6, 2021

Have you ever been stuck? Going through the daily motions, the same process every day--just moving throughout the day so that you can reach the end of the day. With no excitement for life, no motivation, it can feel like you’re in a rut.

Many are feeling that way even as they're reading this blog post. Know that you are not alone. It's not just you. Feeling stuck in one area or another is something most people have experienced at some point in their lives.

The thought of moving forward and changing your current situation can seem harder than staying there. Sometimes, it's moving to the unknown. Although the rut you're in isn't where you want to be, it's familiar.

The fact of the matter is that staying in the known can be worse than taking the first step toward a new place in your life. You'll never know what could be if you never try.

Instead of doing nothing, let's look at something that can help you get out of the rut you're experiencing.

Remember, planning is the key! When you take the time to create your plan, put it in motion and work it. Being intentional and disciplined in implementing and working it is crucial.

Here are a few benefits of having a plan.

  • Help you determine priorities.

  • Assist in keeping you focused and motivated

  • Provides needed action steps

  • Makes you accountable

  • Provides direction

  • Helps you gain clarity of thoughts, goals and ideas

Let's look at the process of planning your 90-day action plan.

1. Acknowledge that you are stuck. You will never change what you don't acknowledge.

2. Make the decision that you will do something about this rut you're stuck in. You have to make a conscious decision that you are tired of being stuck and you’re ready to do things differently

3. Identify what is keeping you stuck. Write things down and be completely honest with where you are in life. Don't overthink this--just write.

4. Determine what you want to achieve. Choose three to five measurable goals that you want to accomplish within the next 90 days. Write them down. No goal is too big. Next, ask yourself this question, "what is my end goal?" Writing things down is a motivator in and of itself. Next, the focus is no longer on being stuck, it's achieving your goals.

5. Create your 90-day action plan. Now the fun begins! You've determined your goal; now, you create your step-by-step action plan by breaking things down into steps/tasks. Break this into as many steps as needed. Answer this question "What exactly has to happen for me to achieve my goals?"

6. Use your 90-day plan to create your daily to-do list. Then, as you complete tasks/steps, check them off your list.

7. Determine a set time when you will work on your goals. Scheduling time to work on your goals will assist you in staying focused, intentional, and disciplined. Then, block the time off on your calendar.

8. Find an accountability partner. Your accountability partner will be there to encourage, motivate and support you. They’ll be there to make sure you complete what you start.

9. Post your 90-day plan where you'll see it every day. Trust me, seeing your action plan every day helps to keep you motivated.

Review your achievements. When you see that you're continually making progress, you become more motivated to keep moving forward. It's all about action! Remember: Action is the key to getting out of the rut.

When you've completed the first 90 days, follow the same process and create your goals and step-by-step action plan for the next 90 days.

Need assistance creating your 90-day action plan? Let's chat. Schedule a complimentary discovery call or join the free Strategizing with Janice Masterclass: Move from Stuck to Start with a 90-Day Step-by-Step Acton Plan.

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