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Feeling Stuck in Life? 11 Ways to Change Your Focus and Move Forward

When you feel stuck in your life, comprehend it as a signal that you need to change to focus. Stop complaining and start making changes in your life to move forward.


“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”

~Albert Einstein

Do you ever get that feeling that nothing is changing in your life? Are you seeking practical solutions to get rid of feeling stuck in life? You work, you struggle, and you try to do everything possible to move on to a higher level of well-being, sometimes you get success, but most of the time it seems like the harder you work, the more stuck you get.

If you sometimes feel as though you are caught in life’s quicksand, shift your focus. Take some moments, and seek ways to change your focus to get out of the quicksand before it impacts your life significantly. Set goals, design layout plans and then do those things you need to do with a fresh perspective so that you make some progress toward a better life.

Why Shift Your Focus?

Are you feeling stuck in life due to your job? Or your relationship? Instead of putting all your focus and energy on this specific problem, shift your focus and energy to another part of life to overcome this feeling of being stuck in life. Find and do the things that make you excited and exhilarated.

Do anything to uplift your mental state and change your mood. Determine your passion and spend time on it. This shift of focus will transform your sinking cycle of doom and gloom into a revamped cycle of hope and happiness.

How to Change Your Focus?

Don't focus and put your whole energy on the stuck areas as the only thing in your life. Shift your focus to joyful and more meaningful things by incorporating the following strategies into your daily habits.

1. Find Your Purpose

Nothing adds more complexity to your life than doing something you don't want to do or ignoring your true calling. Find your purpose in life and make sure every day you do what matters most. Finding your purpose provides clarity and something most critical in your life to focus your energy on.

Ask some questions to yourself to find your purpose:

a. What do you love to do?

b. What is your purpose?

d. What problems do you love to solve?

2. Make Your Rules

Unlearn other people’s ideas, rules, and criteria to become the original version of yourself. What works for others may not be equally fruitful to you. Stop playing with rules that you did not make. Create your roadmap and rules because only you know what rules and criteria may work for you. Make your rules and do not be afraid to make mistakes.

3. Consume Uplifting Content

Be aware of what you feed your mind while you are feeling stuck in life. It influences the way you mould your mindset and focus to unstuck and move ahead in life. Listen and read uplifting, positive and informative content that adds value to your life. Transform your positive information into tools to transform your fixed mindset into a positive mindset.

4. Control Your Time

Time is a crucial aspect of sustaining your focus and energy. Your productivity depends significantly on how well you can focus. Learn and utilise effective productivity hacks to get more done in less time. Once you start to make your day productive with smart time management and focus, you push your life ahead from a stuck situation.

5. Declutter Your Life

Get rid of clutter in your life for long-lasting focus. Excessive clutter often distracts you and affects every important aspect of your personal and professional life. Declutter and simplify your life, you will be happier, more productive and more confident than ever before.

6. Prevent and Reduce Burnout

One of the most common reasons for feeling stuck in life is we hate our job. It happens due to boredom and burnout. Burnout deters your focus, lowers your productivity and causes emotional and physical exhaustion. Identify the signs of burnout, as well as ways to prevent it before it gets bad.

7. Seek Happiness at the Workplace

As mentioned above, one of the most common reasons for feeling stuck in life is we hate our workplaces. Workplace happiness is crucial for your mental health, focus, productivity and consistency. Learn practical ways to attain happiness in the workplace and grow personally and professionally.

8. Believe in Yourself

Don't doubt your potential, ability to handle your decisions and judgement. Back yourself and do not be afraid to make mistakes. Your belief in yourself strengthens your focus. With better self-confidence, you can push yourself out of your comfort zone for going after your goals. Gain self-belief with these practical ways so you can embrace life and move forward.

9. Be with People Who Believe in You

Motivational speaker Jim Rohn says that we are the average of the five people with whom we spend our most time. If you surround yourself with people who believe in you and are not afraid to give genuine feedback for your actions, they help you focus on the positive. Surround yourself with people who you aspire to be like.

10. Let Go of Your Past

We often connect an image or instance with old memories and most of the time these memories are related either to mistakes or mishappenings that happened in the past. Unless you realise that the situation is over, you cannot move forward. Forgive yourself for the mistakes made in the past. Allow yourself to step away from your negative experiences to overcome the feeling stuck in life and change your focus.

11. Seek Professional Help

Sometimes despite your best efforts, you are unable to move forward. Expert help from competent professionals like a life coach, executive coach, therapist, or mentor helps you progress in these situations.

A certified life coach is someone who helps you see where your life is right now in terms of goals and plans. They can offer the vital support you need to get ahead while you feel stuck in life. Seek professional help to boost your confidence and regain your focus to optimise your career and improve your relationships.

A key way to become unstuck is to take some time to find something worth focusing on in life. Take the time to determine what is it for you and put your long-lasting focus and energy on it through the smart ways mentioned above to find direction in life again.

Learn smart and effective ways to make your life better with expert guidance. Get a personal life coaching session from Smita D Jain to manifest the dream life you want for yourself.

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Smita D Jain is a Certified Life Coach, Executive Coach and NLP Practitioner. Smita’s ‘Empower Yourself’ Personal Clarity Coaching Programs enable busy professionals unhappy in their jobs to tap into their passions and transform them into professions so that they work because they want to, not because they have to.

Prior to her journey as a coach, Smita had extensive experience of 14 years as a corporate and business strategy professional with Fortune 500 companies. She is also a speaker at various public forums, a published writer, and an Amazon bestselling author.

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