Ruts of the mind are commonplace. They happen to all of us from time to time. We get stuck thinking a certain way about a situation and don’t change or take needed action. We just sit there spinning.
Just as a tire stuck in mud spins and splatters, so do we when we are stuck. We splatter mud all over ourselves and everyone around us. We spew words in frustration and confusion.
When we are stuck, we also have the tendency to grab on to anyone or anything nearby to help pull us out. Most times, this isn’t healthy.
Here are 5 things I use to eliminate mind-ruts:
2. Don’t just think outside the box, get a whole new box! Or better yet, throw away the box. Start being the 3%!
3. Ask “why” a lot. It is how children find out so many things. So can you. Ask why to yourself. “Why am I doing this?” “Why did I just say that?” “Why am I here?” “Who am I, really?”
4. Write down what your mind is telling you. When you see a self-defeating thought on paper, it almost always looks ridiculous and is therefore easy to dispel. This also brings to light other faulty ways of thinking.
5. Take a 25 hr break from all technology each week. This is something Rabbi Daniel Lapin talks about in Thou Shall Prosper. Your mind will feel alive and new. Can you do it?
Question: What do you do when you hit a rut? Any tips? Leave your response in the comments of the post.