I recently experienced feeling stuck for the first time in a while. But how could this possibly happen? Before Christmas, everything was going very well. I made many sales, I had a great workout routine, and my writing was flowing. I had set goals for the new year that inspired me, but I just didn’t know how to start. It was January 2nd, and I was sitting on the couch thinking, “Now what?”.
I started to ask myself questions in order to figure out how this feeling of “stuckness” landed in my living room. I then realized that I had lost what I call “success momentum.” After having taking two weeks of no work at all, I was feeling a bit of a “hangover.” And when I say no work at all, I mean it: no emails, no writing, no marketing, and no exercise. Most of what I did for two weeks was stuffing my mouth with delicious food. So this was my diagnosis: a holiday hangover. I wanted to exercise, but I was feeling heavy. I wanted to write, but I was feeling blocked. There was no way I could get 45 min of exercise done or even write 500 words. I realized that if I wanted to be back in the game, I had to execute a plan.
First, I started to take baby steps. I broke big goals into small achievable goals and worked on them one day at a time. When it comes to my workout routine, my baby steps went like this: on January 3rd, I started out by waking up my body with a beginner’s yoga workout on YouTube. On January 4th, I did 15 minutes of this 45 min cardio workout. Phew! That one was hard, but I made it. On January 5th, my body asked for 30 min of the same workout video. And guess what happened on January 6th? I completed the whole video, and got 45 min of exercise done!
I then applied the same idea to my writing. I didn’t feel like writing an entire blog post at any point during the past week, so instead, I wrote short posts for my Facebook page. One day I wrote 300 words, and the next day I wrote 500.
I came to realize that setting very big goals can be overwhelming. The goals I had set for the new year didn’t scare me, they overwhelmed me. What’s more, my goals were too big to achieve in one year. So I went over each one of them again, making smaller actionable goals this time. For example, “launching online shop” was a huge goal. So instead I wrote, “come up with three art print designs.”
Now that I’ve broken down my goals for this year into achievable ones, and that I started to workout, I feel much better. My vision is clear and my to-do list is filled with things that excite me. I am back in the game my friends! I feel like I am building momentum and slowly getting back to my natural work rhythm.
We all experience this feeling of not doing enough or being stuck at any given point in time, even in the new year, when we’re supposed to feel the most motivated. But it’s natural to have highs and lows. When we understand that we get to go at our own speed, we will feel more at ease with our low seasons, taking baby steps until our momentum is back.
I would love to hear from you. Have you felt stuck at the beginning of the new year? What do you do to get out of a rut? Leave a comment below!