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We all feel stuck at one time or another.  Feeling stuck can make us feel trapped and lowers our self-confidence.  When we feel stuck we often lack the clarity, direction and focus to move through that stuck feeling.

When you feel stuck you want to move forward but often lack the courage or confidence to do so.  If you’re feeling stuck right now, know that you can change things and do something about the things that are causing you to feel stuck.

When we feel stuck we can feel trapped in a situation or a way of thinking about things. Feeling trapped changes our mindset and leaves us unable to think clearly and see a way through feeling stuck.

If you feel trapped in the same routine  or you feel like you are stuck in life, here are 7 actions you can take to stop feeling stuck.   Feeling stuck can feel frustrating and uncomfortable.  Use these tips to break free of that trapped feelings so you can take action on what matters most to you.

7 Actions to Take When You Feel Stuck

Here are 7 actions you can take to stop feeling stuck.

1. Clarify your goals 

We often feel stuck when we have no clear direction in life and nothing to focus on.  If you’re feeling stuck, take a moment to clarify your goals so you can get clear on what you want to achieve and what really matters.

Goals provide motivation, excitement and direction.  Having goals can provide a clear plan and path to follow to help you stop feeling stuck.  Exciting goals can transform inaction into focused action.

Read more about how to set goals.

2. Find your courage 

You can stop feeling stuck by having the courage to make a decision or take action on something.  We can feel stuck by the fear of making a decision or going outside of our comfort zone.

Don’t let fear stand between you and your goals.  Get clear on the outcome you want to achieve and have the courage to follow through.  You may not get it right on the first attempt but treat every act of courage as a learning experience.

3. Change the way you think 

If you are feeling stuck treat it as a sign that you need to change your thinking.  Personal and mindset growth happens when you can think about your thinking and use that insight as catalyst for change.

Get clear on why you feel stuck by looking at the obstacles that are holding you back from making a decision or taking action.  Once you understand the situation or circumstances that make you feel trapped, you can come up with a plan of action to get unstuck.

4. Do something 

The simplest way to stop feeling stuck is to do something.  Whether you’re procrastinating, feeling overwhelmed or want to break a bad habit taking action gets you into motion.  Getting into motion creates movement and momentum.

Take action and do something to stop feeling stuck.  Even a small step forward is a sign of progress.

Read also: How to get motivated and get unstuck 

5. Let go of the past 

One of the main causes of feeling stuck is constantly thinking about, and worrying about, the past. People let past experiences and failures stop them taking action in the present to help them create a better future.

It’s difficult to think about an exciting, motivating future if you’re stuck in the past.   Remaining stuck or moving forward is a choice you can make in the present moment.

Feeling stuck often comes from a fixed mindset.  Instead, switch to an abundance mindset and focus on what decisions, communications and actions you can make in the present to make the progress you want.

Read also: 6 ways to be present in the moment 

6. Focus on your positive progress 

When you feel stuck it’s easy to lack the confidence and self-esteem to take action.  To stop feeling stuck, focus on the positive progress you’ve made in every aspect of your life and career.

When your mind identifies something positive you feel better, more confident and more motivated to take action.  To stop feeling stuck, start and end each day writing down your achievements or something you feel positive about.

7. Get some perspective 

When you’re feeling stuck it’s important to gain some perspective on why you feel stuck.  You can self-diagnose by thinking about why you feel stuck and identify the causes.

Alternatively you can gain some perspective by talking to someone about why you feel stuck.  This could be a friend, family member, colleague or coach.

The simple action of talking it through with someone will help you gain real perspective on why you feel stuck and give you an action plan to overcome it.

Read also: 6 essential habits of self-aware people

Summing up 

When you feel stuck it’s difficult to feel motivated to take action.  If you’re feeling stuck right now it’s important to understand the causes so you know what you can do to get over it.

Clarifying your goals, taking action and gaining perspective by talking to someone will help you transform inactivity into forward motion.  Hopefully one of these tips will help.

Now I’d love to hear from you.

What one thing do you do to get unstuck?

About the Author

Mark Pettit is a time management coach based in Colchester, Essex, UK.  He helps business owners and entrepreneurs get unstuck by helping them clarify their goals and build a path and plan to achieve them.

Mark provides time management coaching to business owners and entrepreneurs in London, Essex, Suffolk and across the UK and US.

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