Habits

Strategies to Get Out of Your Rut

We all get stuck in a rut from time to time. You know what a rut is … right? A rut is when every day seems the same? A rut is when day after day it feels like one big boring pattern of behavior that has become dull and unproductive and seems impossible to change.

After a while, it feels hard to initiate changes that could make life interesting and enjoyable again. Ruts tend to be self-perpetuating and require a decent amount of energy to get back out of.

The self-perpetuating part is actually good news. Since you are the one allowing the rut to continue, you can also be the one to stop it. A rut is nothing more than a pattern of behavior or a chain of habits that is no longer serving you. Let’s look a at some fast and furious ways to get you unstuck.

We Improvise

In Fast and Furious 6 (2013) the opening line to one of the most unbelievable chase scenes of the franchise was “Hey, we do what we do best. We improvise, all right?” The first strategy is very similar. It is important that you are aware that you are in a rut and that you want to get out of it.

Since you are a human that means you might have some challenging feelings to navigate as you come out of your rut and get your life back on track. Get right with the idea that things are going to feel weird and improvise until you have a better plan. Can you think of anyone better than the characters in the Fast in the Furious movies at improvising? Are they having more fun than you?

Find a Passion

Find a new exciting passion or interest to include in your life. Be like Dom from The Fast and The Furious (2001) when he talks about being a racer: “As any racer. Any real racer. It don’t matter if you win by an inch or a mile. Winning’s winning.” Do you feel that passionate about anything? Do you have that type of passion for winning? What can bring that spark back for you?

Now is the perfect time to try something new. I get it, you are probably not going to become a race car driver. Yet you might consider taking up yoga or learning to play the guitar. If you have always wanted to learn how to paint or try parasailing, go for it.

The benefits of doing something new is worries can take a back seat when you’re involved with something that fascinates you. If you have no idea where to start, improvise! Make a list of the things that you have never tried but have always wanted to. Find one or two things that interest you the most and give them a shot

Schedule it!

While you might huff at how insignificant this step might seem, it is important. You should consider making the new hobby a priority by scheduling it into your life. Remember doing things that way you have always done them before didn’t work. So pick something cool and schedule time to do it.

As Han Lue said from The Fast and The Furious Tokyo Drift (2006), “Life’s simple. You make choices and you don’t look back.” You decided to get out of the rut, so find something fun, put it on the schedule, and do it without looking back. It might feel weird at first, but it will at least be different than all the boring stuff you were doing before.

There are quite a few other things you could consider other than finding a new hobby. You might want to look for a new job if you hate what you are doing. You might want to start working out or change your workout if you are feeling sedentary. You might simply need to set a goal so you can have something to focus on. You might just need to go someplace new for dinner with your friends. Yet, if none of these seems to help consider if you might want to see a doctor if you have been in the rut a long time.

Pop the hood and jumpstart your life ! Do it today! Remember you will have to adjust your behavior if you want you life to change. Start small, it can be overwhelming to change too much and make it easy to fall back into the old pattern. Give a few of these tips a fair chance can you might be surprised with the results. You might not become Dom and who said, “I live my life a quarter mile at a time.” in The Fast and the Furious (2001) — but hey maybe you’ll at least not feel like you are stuck in a rut.

Are you stuck in a rut? Have you tried any of these suggestions? If you are still stuck and would like some support book a free call with me and let’s see how I can help.

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Originally Published on 10/23/2019 on Medium.com