..even though it happens to the best of us.
We ALL fall in there sometimes.
You know what I’m talking about. Your sense of self-motivation has upped and taken a vacation – without notice.
Your limitless drive has leapt of a cliff, parachute at home.
And you? You’re in ‘moping’ mode, putting-off paying that bill until the next day, watering the plants the day after, and eye-balling that email you should have replied to by now like an Eeyore glum bum.
You’re in it. The dastardly Rut. Oh what to do, what to dooo..?
1) First things first, repeat this to yourself.
“Falling into a RUT happens to EVERYONE.” Even if you’re an international triathlete type. Even if you are manager of a kick-arse crew. Even if you ‘normally’ tick a gazillion jobs off your list everyday. EVERYBODY, every now and then, falls into The RUT. Often, it’s because our minds and our bodies need some enforced rest. Rest is good, and healing, and all kinds of necessary… ‘memember?
2) Do the FLIP.
Surprise your entrenched neuronal pathways by CHANGING your routine up a bit. Usually exercise in the morning? Flick it till the afternoon. Answer your emails under a tree. Stream shake-your-toosh music while getting dressed for work. Turn your phone off at night, and leave-it-off… till 9am the following morning. GASP.
3) Remember – this too shall pass.
Being in a rut is transient –you won’t be in there forever…! In the meantime, focus on your favourite WHY..? Why are you where-you-are in the first place..? Is it a for-now compromise for your family..? Is it because you value your lifestyle and freedom? Is it because you always wanted to help… children/ animals /families /the environment? Maybe it’s as simple as; you love your kids and want to give them all the opportunities you can muster..?
4) Let yourself Play again.
I once had a good friend say to me ‘I’m too busy to eat breakfast.’ Hold the phone… wha..?!! Here’s the big kahuna; we are, every one of us, BUSY. But if we truly believe we’re too busy to even eat breakfast, what chance do we have of letting ourselves ‘play’…? What does that say about our self-worth..? PLAY is important; almost (or just) as important as eating. If your energy has run dry and your play-dial is down, you’ll be stuck in that rut longer than necessary…so; don’t put play on the back-burner as ‘privilege.’ Call the babysitter! Ring your crew. Turn UP the music. Ride the bike. Paint the canvas. Get out on the water. Watch the footy. Lunch with the girls…
Try it. Roll the dice with these 4 tip(eroonies). Before you know it, you’ll be back with that trade mark smile…
‘Rut… ? What rut..?!’