I had an interesting conversation last week with a client who is feeling very disenchanted with his life. Do you ever feel like you’re the fire hydrant and the world is a dog? You feel so discouraged about the direction your life is (or isn’t) taking and as each day passes, the black hole appears to get bigger and bigger.
*Cue sing-song voice* It’s easy for someone else to say “don’t let it get you down – keep at it – your time will come” especially when it seems like you’re falling behind in the reaching-my-dreams department.
I understand how you feel. So let me encourage you today that life has NOT passed you by.
My dreams haven’t come true by a long shot, or I would have a totally different life.
Maybe you’re surrounded by those who would keep you painted into the box that they want. Do you feel like no matter what you do, you just can’t rise above the level where you are now and you’re just banging your head against the wall?
Could it be a troubling sense that the-supreme-being-of-your-choice isn’t cooperating (or even paying attention)? Truthfully, the whole concept of divine timing just stinks.
“Just be patient, it’ll all work out!” Oh and then there’s the ever popular “there’s a reason for everything”. Seriously? That’s the worst thing anyone could possibly say and I swear the next one who says that may get their clock cleaned. Yes, I know you mean well. You’re not helping.
There’s a whole lot of people who are very grateful that I’m not in charge of the world. If I were in charge, we’d move the clock by 30 minutes and never touch it again; life would be fair for everyone; there’d be far more good than bad in the world and we would all get a nap every day at 1:30.
That nap thing is getting more important the older I get especially when I have to change the blasted clock by one hour twice a year.
Ah, but I digress.
Feeling Stuck In A Rut
While I absolutely refuse to be the rah-rah-hang-in-there phony cheerleader, it’s important to know that even the most accomplished earthly beings have felt discouraged and stuck in a rut at one time or another.
- What language would the world speak today if General Eisenhower became so discouraged that he didn’t follow through with D-Day? (German.)
- How dim would the world look if Thomas Edison stopped inventing after 999 failed attempts (we’d still be in the dark)?
- Can you imagine if Martin Cooper said “meh – never mind”? If he did, we’d all be living with a twisted 30 foot phone cord attached to the wall.
When it gets really bad and you’ve had it up to your eyeballs and beyond, please just take a moment.
During those stressful times that you’re just DONE and your blood pressure is sky high, try screaming every expletive you can think of into a pillow, bang your head against the wall and have another glass of vodka. So how’s that working for you?
Truthfully, I don’t have a one-size-fits-all answer because there isn’t one. I know what it’s like to be stuck in the box that everyone else puts you in. Honestly, you’re the only one with the answers you need to get moving again. (I just help you dig for the right answer.)
It’s exhausting and frustrating when you feel left behind and disenchanted with how your goals in life have (not) worked out. You have my deepest empathy.
Is there any tiny, minute shift you can make to bring about a more bearable day? Anything at all?
I read something the other day that gives me just the tiniest bit of hope. I read that putting a live green plant in your personal space creates a sense of joy and prosperity because it’s alive.
If that’s the case, I’m creating a jungle.
Getting Your Groove Back
All it takes is one seemingly insignificant (and possibly silly) shift to make all the difference in the world and get you moving in the right direction.
What motivates you to keep moving forward? Anger? Fear? Determination?
For me, anger, fear and determination keeps me moving toward what I want. I’m determined not to stay in the box that everyone else has created for me. I’m determined to live my life in a manner that’s right for me. I’m determined to let go of the fear and move forward.
What keeps you motivated and focused to reach for your dreams?
If you’re feeling stuck and can’t seem to move forward, maybe it’s time to talk to a life coach – one who really gets it and understands what you’re dealing with. Fill out this short contact form and let’s talk today.
In the meantime, I am off to create my own personal green space. :0)
P.S. I’d love to hear how you’ve overcome the frustration of feeling stuck, so please do share your experience in the comments below!