Wednesday, March 20, 2013

To Do: Get Out of Rut! ASAP

So many lose their own sense of self in the world today as we struggle to conform to what society says we should be.  The result?  Our own sense of self is lost and we become part of some ambiguous grouping with no direction, no purpose, and no passion for life.  We fall into a ‘rut’ that becomes increasingly difficult to steer out of.  Every once in a while we pop up for air and get a peek of a new horizon, but really getting unstuck can be difficult.   Here are seven simple steps to overcome the ‘rut syndrome’.

1. Know your purpose

Are you wandering through life with little direction - hoping that you'll find happiness, health and prosperity? Identify your life purpose or mission statement and you will have your own unique compass that will lead you to your truth north every time.

This may seem tricky at first when you see yourself in the ‘rut syndrome’, but there is always a way out.  Look at the rock in your ‘rut’ as your leg up to climb out of the rut.  Knowing your purpose, even if at the moment it is as simple as getting out of the ‘rut syndrome’, can propel you in a new direction.

2. Know your values

What do you value most? Make a list of your top 5 values. Some examples are security, freedom, family, spiritual development, learning. As you set your goals for the rest of 2013 - check your goals against your values. If the goal doesn't align with any of your top five values - you may want to reconsider it or revise it.

3. Know your needs

Unmet needs can keep you from living authentically. Take care of yourself. There are so many people who lived their lives without realizing their dreams and most of them end up being stressed or even depressed for that matter. List your top four needs for the week.  By breaking it down to what you need for the week rather than looking at what you need for the year makes it easier to focus on what you need today.

4. Know your passions

You know who you are and what you truly enjoy in life. Obstacles like doubt and lack of enthusiasm will only hinder you, but will not derail your chance to become the person you ought to be. Express yourself and honor the people who have inspired you to become the very person you wanted to be.

5. Live from the inside out

Increase your awareness of your inner wisdom by regularly reflecting in silence. Commune with nature. Breathe deeply to quiet your distracted mind. For most it's hard to even find the peace and quiet we want even in our own home.  Carve out five minutes in the morning, five minutes in the middle of the day, and five minutes at night to simply be silent and reflect.  It will pay huge dividends.

6. Honor your strengths

What are your positive traits? What special talents do you have? List three - if you get stuck, ask those closest to you to help identify these. Are you imaginative, witty, good with your hands? Find ways to express your authentic self through your strengths.  We all have them but many do not use their unique gifts to express themselves.

7. Serve others

When you live authentically, you may find that you develop an interconnected sense of being. When you are true to who you are, living your purpose and giving of your talents to the world around you, you give back in service what you came to share with others -your spirit - your essence. The rewards for sharing your gift with those close to you is indeed rewarding, much more if it were to be the eyes of a stranger who can appreciate what you have done to them.

These simple seven steps can create “a better you” as you discover the authentic you that is within you waiting to emerge from the "rut".

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