Feeling stuck is nothing new … neither is getting unstuck, nor is it difficult. It is, however, intentional. Through self-awareness, we discover the triggers that contribute to feeling stuck and what we need to do to make a different choice. Ask yourself this … is the word ‘stuck’ even accurate?
Consider the flow of a river. It doesn’t always flow forward. Ebbs cause a river to flow backward, and so, a river both ebbs and flows. A recurrent and rhythmic pattern of coming and going or decline and regrowth … forever moving, not stuck, all part of the cycle of life. Similarly, our lives ebb and flow as well.
Sound familiar? Here are a few tips to consider implementing when you are feeling stuck.
Tip 1 - Where Attention Goes Energy Flows
When you truly aspire to do something, people and forces align to support you. To create the ‘flow’ to make this happen, consider giving your time and attention to what you truly desire. It’s easy to become distracted in today’s world. Although it’s important to be informed, it can become an unhealthy addiction.
Being constantly connected to our devices and the chaos in the world can block your connection to ‘flow’ and cause you to feel stuck. Time slips away and your forward progress can be derailed, not only leaving you feeling stuck, but even making you feel ‘less than’. So, ask yourself, where are you putting your attention?
Tip 2 - Say A Prayer
The river’s current is strongest and most powerful at its source. Like a river, ‘flow’ is most powerful at its Source as well. When feeling stuck, just call out a prayer similar to this one … I’m grateful for your guidance. Guide me toward the ‘flow’. Then sit in stillness, witness God’s presence and listen for the guidance. Being still and turning the volume down allows us to hear the still, small voice of God guiding us.
Prayer is the attention of the heart, and what we give the attention of our heart to matters deeply, because we become what we pay attention to. Whenever you feel ‘stuck’, it’s a call to turn inwards and reconnect to your source of power. When you connect back to your internal compass, you’ll always feel more grounded in your external reality.
Tip 3 - Let Go
In his book, The War of Art, Steven Pressfield writes, “We must do our work for its own sake, not for fortune or attention or applause. Do it as an offering to God.” This is what it means to let go, to surrender. Be intentional about doing the work and let go of the outcome.
Letting go can feel scary. We are biologically wired to want comfort and control and, if they are missing, we quickly feel stuck. When we perform actions and don’t see the immediate results we desire, it causes a perceived lack of control. Let go of the resistance, be in alignment with and open to the blessings that are flowing your way.