One Powerful Way to Get Out of a Rut & Practice Courage
Feeling stuck? It's best that you keep it simple. Because the more you think you need to do, the less likely you'll actually do it. It’s easy to push off a big task, but if you break it down into small steps, you can get unstuck and get moving. Here's some inspiration to help you do that.
“The most effective way to do it is to do it.” – Amelia Earhart
The key to doing it is to just do it without expectation.
If you want to get out of a rut, just do something regardless of the goal.
I’d like you to take a moment and think about what you’ve been putting off that you’ve been wanting or needing to accomplish. Maybe it’s a task on your to-do list, a lifelong dream, creating a product, creating an account on a dating site, making art, or something else. For me, it was this blog post.
The way to getting past the overwhelm of beginning is to drop the expectation. Don’t do it for the goal of making money. Don’t do it to impress someone.
Write the post without expecting anyone to read it. Make the jewelry with no expectation of trying to sell it. Do it just to do it, like nothing that came from it mattered all that much.
Just put yourself out there with the action by taking away the expectation.
“It's so fun and effortless and joyful to do without expectation.” - Gabby Bernstein
The experience of just doing anyway gets you out of a rut, which is really stagnation, because it generates new energy.
Nothing has to be perfect. Nothing has to be first class. Nothing has to be crystalline, glowing, or life-altering.
It might help if you start things off by closing your eyes and visualizing how it feels to be at ease while you’re doing whatever you want to do. Visualize how easy it is to go one, simple step at a time with no strings attached. Right now, imagine that the only thing the universe wants from you is for you to be in action. You don’t need to control everything, impress anyone, or perfect anything; just show up.
A little movement in any direction makes life feel more liquid, more flowing and less rigid.
Dropping the expectations means knowing what they are.
What are your expectations? Name them. Write them down. Make them known. Could be: fearing what you do won't be good enough, or won't be acknowledged, or it's just too hard. Your expectation could even be “getting it all done in one shot.” Release that one too because it’s heavy.
Letting fear keep you from action is easy, but stepping into action anyway is courage. The only way to grow courage is through practice. And courage doesn’t have to be a huge display; it’s usually that one decision to just show up and do something—anything—anyway.
“Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action.” – Walter Anderson
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What have you been putting off, and what are you doing right now to just do it?
Tell me in the comments. I'd love to know!
P.S. Feel stuck in a creative rut? Get this handwritten poetry print and look at it to remember: you have gifts, and we need them. Nothing more, nothing less.
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