Stop, and take just a second. Look around and ask yourself, “Is this the quality of life I expected for myself, that I was hoping for?” If the answer is “No”, then my simple question is “why not?” “What are you doing to change your life?”
Most people who’ve been asked what they’re doing to change their lives say something along the lines of, “it’s no use because…..” and then they make some kind of petty, lame excuse.
But it really doesn’t have to be that way.
The first step to getting out of a rut is to stop making excuses and take responsibility for the quality of your life. You can change your life today. How do I know? Because others have done it and I’ve done it. Of course, there’ll always be obstacles, but nothing you can’t overcome.
The only requirement is that you have the desire to change. Mark Twain famously said, “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight; it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” If your “want to” is strong enough, you can do almost anything you set your mind to doing.
The second step to getting out of a rut is stepping out and, as the Nike commercial says, “Just do it”. There is no time like now to change your course. You may not succeed on your first attempt, but you have to keep trying. Success comes with persistence.
Michael Jordan said it best, “I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” Don’t worry about making mistakes. In the words of Albert Einstein, “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”
So step out. Take a chance. Forget your past mistakes. Forget your failures. Forget everything except what you’re doing now and just do it.