In one of our many car talks my sister told us that she’s been feeling really unmotivated lately. Like she has doesn’t done work in about a month because she hasn’t felt motivated to do it. As myself and my other sister nodded in agreement I realized that getting into these ruts are soooo dangerous for our creative processes, any goals we’re looking to accomplish, and just our overall growth.
Ruts are Real
Have you ever just felt blah? Like nothing is actually wrong but its not right either? I find myself feeling like this far too often and unfortunately for me when I feel this happening I shut down completely. I don’t really want to talk to anyone, I’m not motivated to go to work or the gym, and I would rather sit in my bed with snacks and binge (on the food and Netflix). None of these things are healthy for me physically or mentally because when I’m like this I’m letting my goals go down the drain. The scary thing with ruts is that they make you question everything. Why am I still at this job? Why am I even going to the gym? Why should I start this business? These dull phases in life are very real, but also very capable of being altered, that’s why The Muse offers 10 ways to shake up your routine.
Creativity Won’t Thrive in Darkness
We both know that when you’re feeling stuck there’s no way your ideas are flowing the way they used to. This is dangerous for anyone, but it is especially threatening to the creatives of the world. As a creative you were placed on this earth to make it a brighter place with your talent, but when its not being fed and/or utilized it can’t be a source of light in a world full of gloom. My mom always says, “If you don’t use your gifts God will take them from you,” and I believe wholeheartedly that this is true. You have a purpose to enrich lives with your art, your music, your words, and your passion don’t let that light be dimmed by devils that are trying to steal your joy.
Complacency Kills Relationships Too
When people think about getting too comfortable or getting in a rut their minds often go to work, but relationships get stuck as well. One of the goals in relationships, both platonic and intimate, is to be 100% comfortable with that person, but when things start getting too cozy people stop trying. One of the things you could’ve admired about that person is their drive and ambition, but that may start to fade when you both get into this routine that you both are content with. I personally believe that your partner should constantly push you to be better and never let you get comfortable where you are. As my Forever First Lady Michelle Obama said, “Be with someone who wants you to win as much as you want them to win.” Feeling stuck and unmotivated in a relationship will cause both of you to do the same thing day in and day out and no one will push the other to open that business, ask for that promotion, invest in that property, etc. You both are a team and y’all have to always play to win.
I’ve been struggling with my own rut lately, but I am doing everything in my power to now allow myself to put my goals on the back burner simply because I don’t feel like doing it anymore. When I start doubting myself and stressing about my future I have to sit back and think about how far I’ve come and not focus on how far I have to go. God has brought me through some THANGS and I have to believe that he will keep bringing me through. Your steps are already ordered and God has plans for your life that exceed any goals you have set for yourself. Just keep praying, keep pushing, and keep walking in your purpose. I took y’all to church real quick didn’t I?!
Let me know in the comments some things you guys do to shake up your routine. Have a great week sugar plums!
Bye for now!
“Don’t get too comfortable with who you are at any given time – you may miss the opportunity to become who you want to be.” – Jon Bon Jovi
*Happy birthdayyy Aubs!*