3 Things You Can Do Today To Get Unstuck And Moving Toward Your Dreams
Nobody likes to be uncomfortable. We don’t like to be put into uncomfortable situations but I’ve learned in my own life that when I’m comfortable I’m usually not growing.
It’s so tempting to take the easy road or the shortcut, but that path doesn’t require us to stretch or grow. By taking that path we risk becoming stagnant.
According to Merriam-Webster, stagnant means not flowing, not active, changing or progressing. Wow! How many people do you know that fit that description? Maybe you’re feeling like you are one of those people. I understand. I’ve been there and if I’m not careful I can allow myself to become stagnant again.
We can become stagnant in our careers, relationships, spiritual life, health and our personal growth. I can honestly say I have at some point in my life been stagnant in all of these areas but thankfully I didn’t stay there.
If you find yourself stagnant in one or more of these areas, here are some things you can do to get moving again.
The first step is to realize you are stagnant. It sounds simple but so many people don’t realize they are stuck. They wake up everyday and go through the motions day after day not realizing they are on autopilot. We need someone in our life that will be honest with us. A coach or mentor that can help us realize, first where we are, then help us discover where we want to go and finally help us to move in that direction.
The second thing you can do is learn new things. When I was young I didn’t enjoy learning but as I grew older I came to love learning. I am always hungry to learn more. This has helped me tremendously in my career. If you feel you are stagnant then maybe it’s time to start learning something new. Become a lifelong student. Seek out opportunities to become better at what you do. We are rewarded for the problems we solve. Bigger problems mean bigger rewards. Be a problem solver for your employer or your clients.
Asking questions is another way to learn. In my companies I ask my clients questions to determine what their biggest problems and needs are then I help them discover solutions to those problems. Be a problem solver and I promise you will never be without opportunities.
The last but definitely not least is you need to have a dream. The Bible says, “where there is no vision people perish.” Anyone who is close to me can tell you this is one of my favorite things to talk about and they also know that Joseph of the Old Testament is one of my favorite people in the Bible.
I won’t go into the whole story here but you should read it in Genesis 37. Joseph was a dreamer. God would show Joseph the plans He had for him by giving him dreams. Not everyone was happy about these dreams. You will have to deal with the same jealousy many times with your own dreams.
Joseph went through many hardships and betrayals before his dreams became a reality but he never stopped believing in God or the dreams God had given him. His story encourages me so much. Most of the time our dreams won’t happen overnight. We will go through some tough times and things will happen to try to steal our dream from us but we have to keep believing that if God gave us the dream then He will bring it to pass. I just have to keep doing what I know to do. Learning everything He wants me to learn and being faithful in what I’ve been given to do until the dream becomes a reality.
I love this quote by Les Brown, “The graveyard is the richest place on earth, because it is here that you will find all the hopes and dreams that were never fulfilled, the books that were never written, the songs that were never sung, the inventions that were never shared, the cures that were never discovered, all because someone was too afraid to take that first step, keep with the problem, or determined to carry our their dream.”
Don’t believe the lie that says it’s always been like this and will always be like this. You don’t have to be stagnant. Your life can change but it will require you to change. No it won’t be easy but it will be worth it. Start believing in your dreams again. Find that coach or mentor that will help you get moving again in the direction of your dreams. You were not born to be mediocre. You were Born To Be Mighty! Believe it!