If you have never felt stuck at any point in your life then you are probably among the lucky ones. Most people go through it at least once in their life. It may be fleeting for some. But it may also last for quite a while for others. And it is the latter that is more worrisome. It could feel that nothing worthwhile will ever happen. Stagnation happens even to the best of us. The challenge is how to get past the phase to keep moving forward. Sometimes, all it takes is to evaluate old habits and see if you may need to improve a few things.
Going back to your goals
Revisiting your goals is one way to remind yourself of what you wish to accomplish. It puts things back in perspective if you feel that you are not getting anywhere. You may even be surprised as to how much you have achieved or how far you have progressed towards what you are aiming for if you take a good look at them. It may spur you into action, which is a big step towards overcoming stagnation. You can choose to pursue activities that will make you grow. And you can become more proactive in introducing some changes to your habits or routines that will support your personal and career development.
Choosing to act and take control
It is what you do to reach your goals that will help you avoid getting stuck. This means choosing to act and take control regardless of how you feel at any given time. Creating positive changes, regardless of how simple or small they may be, is a great way to prevent stagnation in life. And to do that, you have to stop hesitating. Do not over-think things regardless of how unsure you feel. You have to take some calculated risks, if needed to keep moving forward.
Tracking your progress
It is not unusual to think that you are not getting anywhere, especially when you do not keep track of your progress. If you consistently do things that support your bigger goals, you will accomplish something. But it is easy to overlook small milestones unless you are paying close attention. Sometimes you may just have to take a good look at what you have done to see how far you have come in achieving your goals. So the next time you feel stuck, just pause for a while and take stock. You may be surprised as to how far you have already come.