How To Get Out Of A Rut

A few weeks ago, I was feeling stuck.

Stuck in the same thought patterns.

Stuck in the same routine.

Stuck with the same results.

The irony is that I didn't realize I was stuck until I broke out of the rut.

My business partner and I attended an amazing group facilitation mastermind hosted by Jenny Sauer-Klein. We learned powerful new activities to help teams communicate and collaborate more effectively. We met inspiring facilitators from different industries who showed their skills. We walked away from the mastermind with a renewed sense of purpose and self-awareness.

In that post-event glow, I realized how easy it is to do the same thing week after week. There's a saying that goes, "Some people live for 90 years. Others live the same year 90 times." I needed that message to force myself to break out of my endless loop of the same thoughts, stories, and habits.

The rut is comfortable. If we rock up against the sides of the rut, we roll back into it. We have to "jump the curve" to get out of it, and that takes conscious effort to push ourselves in a new direction with enough force to change our routine.

My experience with the mastermind demonstrated one good way to get out of the rut – physically go to a new place with new people, even if it's just for an afternoon. The social anxiety and nervousness of meeting new people is totally worth the reward of introducing new ideas, friendships, and inspiration into our lives.

In our busy lives, it can be easy to accept a routine as inevitable. But if we're willing to push ourselves out of the rut, even for a few hours, we can realize how much more there is to experience in the world.

So I challenge you to schedule something new this coming week. Try out a new book club. Attend a new church. Go to a new yoga or dance class. Explore a new space with new people.

The reason I say to schedule it this week is because the biggest enemy of change is the promise of the future. "I'll do it eventually" can too often mean "I'll never do it." After all, tomorrow never comes.

Have you had any new experiences or met new people who have expanded your world recently? I'd love to hear about them in the comments section.

Posted on June 4, 2015 .