We all experience feeling stuck from time to time in our lives. It is natural to experience these impasses. Either we encounter them at the end of something; a change or a transition in our lives, or we simply become stuck in a feeling. We find ourselves retreating. I like to call it cocooning. Either way, we get caught in uneasiness, self-doubt, avoidance, and confusion about ourselves and our future.
When we find ourselves in the midst of an impasse, it means that we need to rework our approach, and adjust the things we say to ourselves. Old recurring feelings of anger, shame, self-doubt may have crept in. What identity or familiar feelings do you get caught in? It may feel like a comfort zone but it really becomes our stuck point and not very comforting.
When we find ourselves stuck in an uncomfortable emotional loop, there is something inside us that is being ignored.
Perhaps you can ask yourself some of the following questions:
- “What are the thoughts I am thinking that keep me in a stuck mode?”
- “What benefit do I get being in my stuckness?”
- “What are my personal worries and fears?”
- “What can I begin to say to myself to over ride my personal worries and fears?”
- “By staying stuck, what am I taking away from myself?”
- “What good qualities am I ignoring in my stuckness?”
- “What am I grateful for?”
- “What are the things I enjoy?”
- “How can I encourage myself?”
- “What specific things can I say to myself to activate good-feelings?”
- “How will I take responsibility for choosing what action is next?”
- “What specific actions can I do to build my confidence?”
- “When will I decide to take these actions?”
With a strong dose of listening, a seed of inspiration can begin to grow. Gather your inner victory team together. Join forces with your strengths; the feel-good feelings. Align with your goals and core values. Build inner-reliance and inner-cooperation. With your inner support team you can balance your strengths with your fears and weaknesses.
In the movie, “A Beautiful Mind”, Nash says, “I still see things that are not here. I just choose not to acknowledge them. Like a diet of the mind, I just choose not to indulge certain appetites.”
Let’s not indulge our self-doubt. Agree to go beyond your insecurities and weaknesses, and nourish your personal strengths and uniqueness. “The only thing greater than the power of the mind, is the courage of the heart.” Begin to embark on the idea of saturating your mind with the good stuff of the heart.