How to Get Unstuck and Start Moving Forward

Can we state the obvious for a minute?

Feeling stuck sucks.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re struggling with a problem at work, you’re facing a roadblock at home, or you’re debating a major life change, feeling stuck can be incredibly discouraging.

It often leaves us lacking motivation. We’re left feeling stressed and anxious. And it can bring up major swells of self-doubt.

In short, it’s tough.

And what’s more, we all get stuck at one time or another.

We all face setbacks. We all fall into slumps. And we all hit roadblocks on our way to greatness.

But here’s the good news.

While it’s never fun to be in those situations, there are some great tools you can use to get unstuck and start moving forward.

And that, my friend, is exactly what I’m here to share with you today.

So, if you’re ready to get unstuck and start moving forward, then keep reading. This post is for you.

How to Get Unstuck and Start Moving Forward. Are you feeling stuck? Do you want to move forward in life, your relationships, your career, or your business? Are you struggling with negative thoughts? Check out these 5 tips to get your ideas flowing, break through the challenges, and start reaching those dreams.

How to Get Unstuck and Start Moving Forward

Get Unstuck by Looking Back and Celebrating Accomplishments

Looking back and celebrating accomplishments is a great strategy for when you’re working hard but feel like you’re getting nowhere.

Take some time to look at past planners, bullet journals, or previous lists of goals. As you do, make note of all the steps – both big and small – you took to get where you are today.

By taking this walk down memory lane, you not only remind yourself of when you felt stuck in the past, but you also recognize how you plowed through your prior roadblocks to ultimately find success.

Sometimes 10 minutes of reflection is all you need to get unstuck and reignite your motivation once again.

How to Get Unstuck and Start Moving Forward. Are you feeling stuck? Do you want to move forward in life, your relationships, your career, or your business? Are you struggling with negative thoughts? Check out these 5 tips to get your ideas flowing, break through the challenges, and start reaching those dreams.

Get Unstuck with Like-Minded Company

Sometimes when you’re feeling stuck, one of the best ways to get moving is by surrounding yourself with people who can offer support.

Whether they have gone through a related situation, they understand the obstacles you’re navigating, or they’re working toward a similar goal, these friends can provide you with the support, understanding, and motivation you need to get unstuck.

If you’re chasing a big goal, this may require you to step outside of your comfort zone and meet some new people. This is great!

Doing so allows you to explore fresh ideas and gain new perspectives, which is so valuable as you work through your roadblocks.

What’s more, there are so many incredible online Facebook groups and local community meet-ups available that you’ll have no problem making those connections.

How to Get Unstuck and Start Moving Forward. Are you feeling stuck? Do you want to move forward in life, your relationships, your career, or your business? Are you struggling with negative thoughts? Check out these 5 tips to get your ideas flowing, break through the challenges, and start reaching those dreams.

Get Unstuck by Making Small Changes

As Patricia Harteneck, Ph.D. explains, “[c]hange stimulates different parts of the brain that improve creativity and clarity of mind.”

In other words, when you start to make small changes in your life, whether that’s shifts in your daily routine, updates to the décor in your home, or new exercises in your standard workout, your body and mind take notice.

This accumulation of small changes adds up, often easing forward movement on the bigger situations as well.

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Get Unstuck By Talking it Over

I’m telling you, it’s amazing how powerful it is to talk through a challenge with someone you trust.

Choose someone in your close support group – a friend, a partner, a coach, etc. – and use them as your sounding board.

Even if they haven’t been in your exact situation before, that’s okay! Chances are, they can relate to similar feelings and empathize with you.

You see, you’re not necessarily looking for advice during this sounding board session. Instead, you’re simply looking for someone to listen.

Often times, simply talking through a challenge with a good listener can help you get unstuck and find the solution you need.

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Get Unstuck by Breaking Your Goal into Smaller Steps

I’ll be the first to admit that tackling big goals can be intimidating.

We often struggle with knowing where to start, which results in that familiar feeling of being stuck.

One of my favorite strategies, when this occurs, is to break down my big goal into smaller, actionable steps. And I do that with the use of a goals pyramid.

What’s a goals pyramid, you ask? Great question!

Basically, a goals pyramid is a practical way to break down your biggest dreams into tangible, attainable steps. It takes away the intimidation factor by helping you identify the actions you should take every single day.

By starting with a primary goal and breaking it down into long-term goals, short-term goals, and daily habits, you’ll get unstuck and start moving forward no time.

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How to Get Unstuck and Start Moving Forward. Are you feeling stuck? Do you want to move forward in life, your relationships, your career, or your business? Are you struggling with negative thoughts? Check out these 5 tips to get your ideas flowing, break through the challenges, and start reaching those dreams.


And there you have it, friends, my top 5 ways to get unstuck and start moving forward toward your goals.  Try them out, see which one(s) work best for you, and get creating!

Question:

How do you get unstuck? What’re your favorite strategies to break through mental roadblocks? Share your tips below!

56 thoughts on “How to Get Unstuck and Start Moving Forward”

  1. Talking it through with a trusted friend helps me gain a different perspective of the situation!

  2. I often get stuck at times and usually just try repress how I feeling to keep going but your tips definitely sound like something I should try.!

  3. One way I get unstuck is to read books about what I’m working on. However, sometimes that gets me stuck in ‘information overload’. I have never tried listing out my accomplishments but I do think that may be key to moving forward.

  4. I was listening to the Happier podcast by Gretchin Rubin the other day and they were talking about how sometimes it’s easier to get started on something when you tie it to an event, which I thought was an interesting strategy.

    1. Yes! I love their strategy of pairing. It’s such a great one! (p.s. I LOVE the Happier podcast)

  5. I think we’ve all run into this trap but I do love your tips here to get unstuck! I love the idea of breaking things down into smaller steps to achieve them. Thank you!

  6. These are such great tips! I’ll definitely have to put them to use as I recently felt like I’ve been stuck in getting my new real estate career up and running like I want it to.

  7. I definitely feel stuck sometimes. As a SAHM, my days can seem monotonous and my time doesn’t feel like my own. I try to change up my routine when I feel stuck and rely on friends for support.

  8. These are such great tips! When I get stuck it helps me to get outside and nature and go for a long walk. I also like to re-focus on my purpose and goals.

  9. You hit the nail right on the head! I’m at a point where I feel stuck sometimes, but I like that I can look back at my past journals to remind me of my past accomplishments.
    thanks

  10. This post came when I need it most! I have been feeling like I am in a rut for over a month now…mainly due to kids being sick 😣 Ready to take charge and get going! Thank you for all these tips!

  11. I feel stuck when I’m faced with an unpleasant challenge, like reprimanding an employee. I’m not confrontational and sometimes that situation can go left quick. I tend to just jump on it first thing in the morning, just to get it done. You have great tips. Thank you.

    1. Yes, confrontation is never fun. I love your tip to get it done right away, though. Then you can keep moving forward.

  12. This is such an encouraging post! I have found myself stuck at times and I have always found it helpful to go back to the last time I know I heard God speaking to me. When I find myself in the “stuck rut” I ask myself the who, what, where, when, why questions and it has always taken me out of my rut!

  13. I’ve been stuck lately. Making a new friend who encourages me to move outside my comfort zone has been the best thing to happen in a while. I will be giving these other suggestions a try, as well.

  14. I often feel stuck every morning, as I look at all the work I have to do for the day. Sometimes having so much going on with my blog makes me feel stuck and not able to move forward. I just don’t know which task to tackle first. This is been really helpful..

    1. I can certainly understand that feeling of overwhelm, Vicky. I hope these strategies help out a bit!

  15. Sarah Althouse

    Get tips! I sometimes get unstuck by taking a break and doing something completely different.

  16. We’re going through a “Stuck Period” as a family and it really does suck. I needed the encouragement of this post, so thanks for sharing!

    1. You’re so welcome, Marta. I hope things start moving forward for you and your family soon! ❤️

  17. You brought up a great point about looking back to get unstuck. This is a really important point that’s often overlooked. My other ways to get unstuck are to set values based goals and taking small actions towards the things that bring me joy.. I plan to blog more about this topic because it has been life changing.

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