When we’re feeling stuck and indecisive, we don’t know where to go or what to do. And in the end, we don’t do very much. Strangely enough, this inaction is very draining and takes up a lot of our mental energy. So, the next time you want to get un-stuck, follow these 11 tips and get clear again.
- Listen to your feelings
Neurologist and author, Antonio Damasio, has discovered that when the area of the brain, which processes emotions, is damaged, we lose our ability to make decisions. That’s how important our emotions are when forming decisions! So, when you’re not sure which way to turn, pay attention to your emotions. Often, they point us in the right direction.
And if you can’t figure out what your emotions are telling you, make a decision and then observe how you feel. Feelings don’t lie!
- Just start
Sometimes, we have a hard time getting started because we think we don’t have anything to work with. If that’s the case, give yourself something to work with – and it can be anything! A rough draft, an outline, or even scribbles on a napkin.
- Forgive yourself and be compassionate
You can be your own worst enemy and hold yourself back more than anyone or anything else. This can lead to self-sabotage and shame. Instead, try to be very gentle and compassionate and forgive yourself. It’s easier to move forward when you feel loved – even by yourself.
- Believe in yourself
Internationally-acclaimed yoga teacher, Kathryn Budig, has a strong devotion to Artemis, the Greek goddess of the hunt. You can follow Budig’s example by incorporating her prayer into your daily mantra: “Artemis, huntress of the moon, make my aim true.”
This practice could strengthen your self-belief, self-confidence and inner resolve.
- Done is better than perfect
Sometimes, our need for perfection prevents us from moving forward. But the truth is, perfection isn’t possible, so try not to get too hooked up on it. In fact, done is better than perfect. So, be proud of what you finish, even if it’s not “perfect” because guess what? It would never have been anyways!
- Stop comparing
Do you think other people are better, smarter, prettier, more worthy and more eligible than you are? If so, you won’t give your dreams the energy and focus they need to come to fruition.
What’s worse, you won’t reach for your dreams anymore. So, stop comparing yourself. This might mean taking a social media break. It might also mean cultivating a gratitude practice. Both of these things can help clear your mind and give you more mental space.
- Go where you’re curious
It’s easy to get stuck when we feel that we “should” be doing something. But why not step away from this sense of obligation and move toward pleasure instead? Why not migrate to where you’re curious? The way out of indecisiveness can sometimes be found in our own curiosity.
- Ask the universe for a sign
Why struggle alone? The universe is loving and generous, and it’s at your disposal. You just have to ask for help. Pam Grout shares in her book, E-Squared, that the famous Bible verse, “Ask, and you will receive. Seek, and you will find,” isn’t a timid and uncertain request.
Instead, it’s how you claim what’s rightfully yours. So, don’t be afraid to tap into the abundant universe.
- Set the intention to find clarity
When you’re lost in the woods, you might not know where to go. But one thing’s for sure: you want to get out! When you’re stuck and indecisive, it’s hard to know what you want, but at least you know that you want clarity.
So, every day, set an intention to be open and receptive to answers and inspiration, no matter what form they take. Doing this can make you feel better without necessarily having a clear direction.
- Give yourself positive reinforcement
It’s hard to build momentum – especially if you’ve been stuck for a long time. So, whenever you make even a little progress, celebrate! You can celebrate by praising yourself, by indulging in a nice treat, or by taking a little break. When your brain is rewarded, it will be more inclined to get back to work when you’re ready.
- Go somewhere new
Our minds can get stuck in a rut when we’re doing the same thing over and over again. A great way to shake things up is to go somewhere new. Take a new route on your commute. Visit a different part of town. Go away on the weekend. Relocate for as long or for as little as you want. By doing so, you help your brain create new neural pathways. These new pathways make it easier for you to develop fresh ideas and become more creative.
Which tips resonated with you the most? Let us know what helps you get unstuck!