Are you stuck?
Some people stay stuck for years, decades.
They’re stuck in the same routine, same toxic relationships, same mundane jobs, same cycle of chronic stress, and same circle of friends who are never there for them when needed most.
The easiest way to get unstuck?
Change your environment.
Changing your environment will change your emotional state.
This is the secret to getting unstuck because your thoughts become things.
Besides, you can’t solve a problem from the same place that created it.
Being Stuck Is An Illusion
No one is truly stuck because we are constantly evolving beings. The perception of being stuck is merely a product of our thoughts. It’s time to ask ourselves a crucial question: Are we actively driving and engaging in change, or are we passive spectators, thinking life is something that happens to us?
Embrace the Power of Change
If anxiety grips you, pause and reflect. What is the root cause of your anxiety? Is it a lack of confidence, intelligence, or competence? Or perhaps a dearth of skills? It’s important to recognize that thoughts are not set in stone; they are flexible and subject to our own discretion. We possess the autonomy to shape the direction of our lives.
11 Contrarian Ways To Get Unstuck
1. Embrace Failure
Of course, don’t fail on purpose but don’t fear failure (people take things they read on the internet literally these days). Failure serves as fertile ground for profound growth. It is through learning and overcoming challenges that resilience takes root—courage that blossoms in the face of adversity.
Resilience is the courage to grow from stress.
2. Get Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable
Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. The edge of your comfort zone is where all the excitement happens. Do something different every day to get out of it— your brain is like a plastic bag. Once it expands, it’ll never go back to the same size.
3. Challenge Societal Norms With Experience
Unlearning is harder than learning. Trust me, there are countless ways to live life. Sadly, not everyone has the opportunity to travel or possess the open-mindedness required to immerse themselves in diverse lifestyles. Sometimes, our brains need firsthand experience to truly believe. Real-life encounters hold far greater impact than mere observations from behind a screen.
Through exploration and broadened horizons, we discover the courage to deviate from the crowd. Society may try to keep us in check, reminding us that our differences are wrong. But remember, nothing of value comes without a struggle.
Stay in your lane and don’t get distracted by boring conventions.
4. Learn How To Be Alone
The ability to truly be comfortable with being alone with no distractions is a privilege. Reflect, recharge, and reset your priorities. Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.
5. Take Small, Unconventional Steps
Don’t wait for a big plan; have relentless focus on progress. Consistency and dedication pave the way to success.
6. Embrace Imperfection
We are beautifully imperfect beings. Embrace your messiness and show up anyway. Apply the 80/20 rule to life: Strive to be your best self 80% of the time, but also remember to fully experience life’s range of emotions—laughter, tears, sulking, dancing, and all the wonderfully crazy things in between.
7. Seek Alternative Perspectives
Engage with people who have different views and learn from them. If all your friends do is suck up to you and agree with everything you say, find new friends. If you’re the smartest person in the room, leave the room.
8. Break Routines
Shake up your habits, try new things, and get out of your comfort zone.
9. Curate Your Environment
Distance yourself from others who are stuck and refuse to make progress.
10. Do Hard Things
Especially things you’re scared of or don’t like to do. Notice what you are resisting and run towards it instead of a way. This will build grit and will set you apart from everyone else.
11. Do You Inner Work
You are the thinker of your thoughts but your thoughts aren’t yours. 95% of our habits and behaviors are subconsciously driven and if you haven’t done the work, you’re not truly in control of your life but from programming since birth. Your brain can be reprogrammed. Trust me. The quality of your life will be determined by the quality of your mind. The most secure prisons are the ones we create for ourselves.
TL;DR: 11 Contrarian Ways To Get Unstuck
- Embrace Failure
- Get Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable
- Challenge Societal Norms With Experience
- Learn How To Be Alone
- Take Small, Unconventional Steps
- Embrace Imperfection
- Seek Alternative Perspectives
- Break Routines
- Curate Your Environment
- Do Hard Things
- Do Your Inner Work