How to find motivation when feeling stuck and directionless

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Are you feeling stuck or unmotivated? Are you doing everything possible to manifest a life of more fulfillment and purpose, yet you aren’t seeing the results you desire? I want you to know that this is completely normal.

It is normal to have all this momentum going for you…and then watch it lessen during different points in your life. All of this can truly make you feel defeated and make you question whether or not all you have already done was a waste a time or for something.

Today’s blog post is meant to support you in realizing that difficult seasons are a part of the game. And there are ways to bounce back stronger and better than ever.

Trying to create the dream life but feeling stuck

Now, you may be someone who doesn’t know what she wants but knows that life as it is right now does not completely bring you joy. On the flip side, you may know what you want and are currently trying to manifest it into the 3D form.

Either way, there is more out there for you. If you have dreamed it, imagined it and can’t get it out of your head – then trust me when I say that it is meant for you.

But the road is not meant to be easy. There will be obstacles and hard moments. You will be challenged, you will lose people, you will need to truly and deeply know WHY you are doing what you are doing. Remember, other people’s limiting beliefs are theirs, not YOURS.

So instead of retreating and giving up, simply step back and gain more clarity around what is causing your strife and what you need to learn from it.

How to bounce back from feeling lost

Here are 6 ways to bounce back from feeling stuck and questioning whether or not you are walking down the right path. These are all strategies that I personally use and actually recently used.

#1. Stop and ask yourself some questions

This is when you become aware of why you are lacking inspiration. You want to begin asking yourself a series of questions. You can ask yourself these questions in your head, while you’re driving or wherever else you are most comfortable. I then recommend you journal about it or create a voice note recording your response.

Some questions to consider:

  1. How is work going for me? Am I content? Happy with it?
  2. Do I feel like I don’t have enough time or energy for something (more than normal)?
  3. Am I satisfied with my relationship with my partner/husband?
  4. What is my relationship with money like?
  5. Do I make enough time for myself?

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#2. Take a pause or break

Here I want you to give yourself permission to stop. Literally stop everything you have “due” or would typically do on the day to day. That means postpone any event or activity as it relates to the area of life you are feeling stuck in.

I want you to give yourself permission to jump off the hamster wheel of busy life and simply take the day, week or month (whatever works for you) off. And when I say to take the time off – I mean for you to take the time off of anything that you are unsure of.

Personally, when I was in a rut with my business, I spent 2 weeks without recording a podcast episode or showing up on social media. I gave myself permission to take a zoomed-out view of my life.

Now I am not saying to pause and stay in a slump forever (or quit the thing you feel lost in all completely). Only you know how long you need this pause. And while it MAY be a definite pause, there are a few things to do before making that decision.

Therefore, use the time as a way to tap back in with your inner self. To ask those questions and wait for those answer to resurface from within.

#3. Spend time with the people you love

This is one of the most therapeutic ways to regain inspiration and go back to your WHY. When you are stuck and unmotivated, you need to remind yourself of the reason you are doing what you are doing in the first place. 

So, decide today to cancel whatever meeting you had planned, and instead get your kids and go to the park or a museum. 

Instead of blogging tonight, grab hot coco and watch a movie with your husband after the kids go to bed.

Instead of cleaning all weekend, hire someone (or spread the cleanup throughout the week) and go out to eat with your family.

Truly be present with your loved ones. And if you need someone to talk to, take this opportunity to talk to someone who will listen WITHOUT offering a million and one solutions. Someone who will just listen.

#4. Do something you have been putting on the back-burner

This pause can also be fun and enlightening. If there is something you have been meaning to do but have had “no time” to actually do, now is the time.  

If there is a hobby or activity that you have been wanting to start but have felt too overwhelmed to do so. Now is your time! This is when I went ahead and started my UGC journey so I can show off my creative side.

This is also a perfect time to catch up on some of those self care activities you have been promising yourself.

For example:

  • Spa day
  • Go buy a new wardrobe 
  • Read a book
  • Go stay at a hotel

#5. Do a life reset

It is nitty gritty work time. You have taken your pause; you are doing things that light you up and spending time with the people you love. So now it’s time to actually reset your intentions and make sure that the actions you are taking align to that long-term goal. 

First, go back to a self-awareness journal and make sure you are attentive of all new limiting beliefs entering your life. 

Next, recreate your vision board and statement. What is the life you want to live look and FEEL like. Who is in it? What do you do from the moment that you wake up to the moment that you go to sleep? 

In this blog post, I break down how to create an effective vision board in more depth. And if you want some additional help, grab my free workbook with 21 vision setting questions here.

Finally, write out 3 main goals and create an action plan including when you will do it and how you will hold yourself accountable.

This is you working on no longer feeling stuck.

#6. Practice daily mindfulness

Daily mindfulness allows you to continuously tap into your inner thoughts and listen to your intuition. It also helps in reducing stress and overwhelm that can be elevated during this time. I recommend practicing it in the morning before getting about your daily tasks. It helps to set the tone.

Some mindfulness activities include: 

  • Meditation
  • Journaling
  • outdoor walk in nature (unplugged)

The goal here is to be able to tap back in with yourself. Your intuition and gut. To begin listening to the voice that is most important, trying to give you answers. 

If you don’t know where to start with this, I have a 50+ page mindfulness journal that literally breaks it all down into easily digestible but profound ways.

It’s time to bounce back from feeling stuck

Above anything, I want you to remember that feeling stuck and getting lost is a part of the journey. No one walks life and creates all their wildest dreams without any hiccups or self-sabotaging behavior kicking in.

However, those who reach their destination don’t let those moments stop them from the bigger picture. Whether it takes a day, week or month, you get up. You figure out a way, but you do it because you know there is something incredibly amazing waiting for you.

Let me know in the comments, are you feeling stuck? What will you work on or what has helped you already?

PS. I’d love to stay connected! I am active over on Instagram and share daily tips and tricks.

Thank you, Nelly

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