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Four Easy Steps To Stay Motivated When You Feel Stuck In A Rut

No one in the world has encountered success without stumbling upon failure and disappointment. Feeling stuck is a natural path of life. It is only when you feel stuck that you can be sure you are close through a breakthrough, and with perseverance, you will achieve success. But how to push through these barriers of resistance that make us lose motivation and deep dive to the losing end? The path to success is simple, but it is paved with discipline and perseverance.

Here are four simple yet effective ways on how to stay motivated and enthusiastic while being stuck:


1. Visualize your success

Psychiatrist Jeffrey Ditzell, D.O., wants you to fall in love with the vision that you wish to create for yourself. If your goal isn’t something that gets you excited to push through and conquer your fears, it’s challenging to remain motivated. An easy way to feel good through the journey is by visualizing the result and how you will feel when your vision materializes. Picture those happy emotions and feel them in your body. This will help you push through and change your perspective about the journey.


2. Give a positive purpose to your goals

“When we have a negative mindset towards ourselves, it is difficult for us to stay motivated because we soon get stuck in a negative cycle of thought,” says Hanna Stensby, a licensed therapist. “Focusing on your identity and your self-perception with a lens of self-compassion is a great way to stay motivated.”


Despite how challenging the goal may seem, you need to know that it will all be worth the trouble and effort. Changing your mindset is key to materializing your goals because if you say you can’t do it, you better believe you will not achieve it in reality.


Break large goals into digestible micro-goals.

Most psychologists advise breaking your bigger goals into smaller achievable ones. In this way, you will be motivated at every step of the way and learn to enjoy the journey and not just the end result. It also provides a good plan of action and enables you to prep your mind for the goal you wish to achieve.


3. Celebrate your wins

This might sound cliche, but it’s a trick that works. Celebrate every small goal in your plan; that’s a sure shot way to be happy and know that you’re heading in the right direction. Somedays, we struggle, and on other days we thrive; it’s all part of a trial and error process. But most of us only tend to acknowledge the days when we struggle. It is more important to celebrate the days where we did well and feel good about ourselves. Psychiatrist Jeffrey Ditzell says, “This is an opportunity to reinvest and recoup the energy in each milestone in order to set up and fuel the next round.”


In Conclusion:

Winston Churchill summarized the beauty of failure and feeling stuck meticulously; he said in one of his famous quotes, “Success is the ability to move from one failure to another without loss of enthusiasm.”