There’s a certain stigma about being in a rut, but there’s also a certain beauty to it.
Call me a pessimistic optimist, but what I see is an opportunity for growth. No one likes getting caught in the inevitable net of routine. You hate that you’ve hit a plateau in your weight loss journey or career progression or once-bountiful relationship and you’re not going anywhere anymore.
You think you’re the only one in the world facing this wall.
Call me a fool too for believing in fate, but this is the universe’s way of telling you that you are ready to level up. You’ve already mastered the material so far, learned and applied everything you could on your journey, which is why you’ve run out of growth.
Now it’s time for you to take the lessons you’ve learned, apply them in a new system, and try a fresh approach.
Because what they don’t tell you about success is the (in the moment, unjustifiable) amount of failures you’ll hit first.
Before you find the one way that works, you’ll find the 999 that don’t. Nobody ever makes it on their first try. If they do, they fizzle out fast (think: how many one-hit wonders do you know that are still around?). The plateau is merely presenting you a minute to breathe and reassess before putting on your crown again.
The “failures” you are experiencing are preparing you to stay afloat when a bigger obstacle is thrown at you, and trust me, they will come.
The overnight success is a myth.
You compare yourself to others, but you see only their success. What you don’t see is the blood, sweat, tears, grind, grit, and sacrifice behind it, kept safely away from you to make it look easy. It is merely part of the process and you must get comfortable with the process before you see results. No one wakes up with washboard abs. No one wakes up with their dream job. No one wakes up satisfied.
You’ve been in a rut before and you’ve overcome that.
You will continue to fall into ruts before you acquire that new skill set to overcome those too. Think: of those challenges we’ve overcome, very rarely do we reflect and acknowledge our achievements. Meaning we move on feeling invincible but forget the amount of work we put in to get there, so when we run into a new problem we feel powerless. What you don’t want to do at this moment is become discouraged with the plateau and risk all the work you’ve put in so far or allow it to deter you from your vision.
Whether it’s through a break, getting re-inspired, or switching up your routine, you will overcome this.
Remember, you have survived far worse.
This is the fun part. You will experiment; try something new because you have nothing to lose and all to gain. This is not the end. It is a new beginning.