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Stuck in a Rut? 7 Ways to Empower Yourself

by Maria Berg

People sometimes get stuck in a rut. This can be a problem when trying to achieve a goal or take action. It becomes draining and frustrating, and you might feel like it’s impossible to do anything. It becomes a habit and is hard to change.

Here are seven ways to empower yourself when you feel stuck in a rut.

1. Realize That There’s Nothing Wrong with You

Sometimes, when you feel stuck in a rut, you think that you are just incompetent and not capable of anything. It’s not true; there is no reason why it should be impossible for you to achieve your goals, get things done, or move on from an issue or problem. You might just be going about it the wrong way or have incorrect assumptions about yourself or your goal that need to be corrected.

It can be a bit of an ego boost to realize that you are capable, but it helps to have some outside perspective that tells you that there’s nothing wrong with you and there are all kinds of reasons why you might be stuck.

You can even take a free Enneagram test to help you understand certain behaviors you may have. Taking such a test can make you more self-aware and help you understand what may be holding you back from achieving your goals.

2. Talk to Others

Isolation can happen sometimes, and in a case like this, it’s smart to reach out for help. Even if you don’t think others are equipped to help, the people who care about the situation might be able to come up with ideas.

3. Have a Schedule for Your Action

Sometimes, getting stuck in a rut can mean that you aren’t taking any action (or just taking action in the wrong way). Making a plan for your action and sticking with it will help you make progress without even realizing it.

4. Create Healthy Habits

Just like you form habits for things you often do, you can also create habits for good or bad actions. For example, create a habit of maintaining your responsibilities, taking positive action, setting aside time for yourself, or doing things that will make you feel good and relaxed. Healthy habits can make it easier to achieve your goals and help you move on from a rut of inaction.

5. Try to Experience the Best Possible Outcome

Most of the time, when you are stuck in a rut, it is because you are looking at things from the worst possible outcome without considering other ways that things could play out. If you want to get out of a rut, imagine what would happen if everything went perfectly when you took action.

6. Consult a Professional

If you’re having trouble taking action and getting out of a rut, it might be best to see a professional. A professional can help you with the issue or give you general guidelines to help with your goal. While not everyone will need to see a professional, someone who can get an objective opinion on what’s going on can help.

7. Keep Looking for New Strategies

Sometimes, you get stuck in a rut, and there’s no way out. If this happens, don’t be discouraged. Try new strategies and keep trying to work through them until you make progress or until there are no possible strategies left to try out.

Even if you have tried these strategies before and they didn’t work out, try them again or consider other options because sometimes trying something different can be the difference maker in getting things done.


There are many ways to get out of a rut or keep yourself in a position of progress. These tips should help you get things done, keep yourself on track with your goals, and also help you do it on your terms rather than letting the circumstances be what happens to you.

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