5 Ways to Get Out of a Rut

BY Mike Dooley        December 9, 2014

May I suggest you not look for fast-life transformation and instead focus on one day at a time, being your best and giving your best, in order to get yourself out of the rut you seem to be in. Constantly comparing your dreamed of life to where you are only highlights the disparity and distance, making you depressed and undoing the good you have going for you. Your dreams are closer than you think, but a watched pot never boils.

1. Above all else, get busy.
Take dance lessons. Book a trip. Visit an old friend. Get out more. Take up a sport or hobby. Go! Life is happening all around you, and the busier you are (within reason) the faster the Universe can reach you.

2. Don't label yourself or the process negatively.
Watch and listen to yourself and put on the brakes whenever you want to lament. In addition, start enjoying and living your dreams, to whatever meager extent you can today, so that slowly, the snowball affect can take place.

3. Learn to be your own greatest source of comfort.
Love who you are, with your unique world perspective that no one else has, with your unique accomplishments that no one else has achieved. Your accomplishments may not equate to blue ribbons or gold trophies, but from where you came from, you have achieved more than you have given yourself credit for. It is time to start appreciating your own amazing triumphs and successes.

4. Help others who are less fortunate.
First of all, realize that you chose this life AND THE CHALLENGES you are now facing. You KNEW what you were doing. It doesn't matter that you don't recall this. You must not feel sorry for yourself. Instead, feel sorry for the people who only dream of having a place in the world such as you have created. Go and help them. In the shelters, jails, and rehabilitation centers. You need only to spend some time with people far less fortunate, though more hopeful than yourself, for a total life adjustment. You have it within you to see that you have a lot to offer, especially to the lonely.

5. Start a gratitude journal.
Develop a habit of focusing on what is right. Every night before you go to bed write down 10 things that you are grateful for.

You are a spiritual giant who has chosen a very, very demanding course-load. See that challenge through no matter the mortal cost. And better, rather than suffer through it, rise above these challenges for which you are so capable of transcending... that was the whole point of choosing them. Learn to be happy in the simple things and you will attract greater things.


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Mike Dooley

Mike Dooley is a former PriceWaterhouseCoopers international tax consultant, turned entrepreneur, who's founded a philosophical Adventurers Club on the internet that's now home to over 600,000 members from over 182 countries. His inspirational books emphasizing spiritual accountability have been published in 25 languages and he was one of the featured teachers in the international phenomenon, The Secret. Today Mike is best known for his free Notes from the Universe e-mailings and his New York Times bestsellers Infinite Possibilities: The Art of Living Your Dreams and Leveraging the Universe: 7 Steps to Engaging Life's Magic. Mike lives what he teaches, traveling internationally speaking on life, dreams, and happiness.

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