The # 1 Best Way To Get Out Of A Rut

It’s easy to slip into a habit of doing the same things all the time:

Go to the same places to eat, use the same mode of transportation, go on the same running path, always meet the same friends, go to the same place for vacation.

There is nothing wrong with that.  After all, some  habits are good for us, like going to an aerobics class or eating carrots.

But we also can get into ruts.  A rut is never good.  It’s a habit that is limiting, like these:

A bad relationship.

Eating fishcakes for supper every night.

Getting together with friends who complain and complain.

Keeping our world small, and demeaning others.

Staying in our comfort zone is a rut too.

The real action in life happens outside of our comfort zone.

One of my favorite expressions is, “Don’t get too comfortable.”

What’s the best way to get out of a rut?

Do something different every day.  Yes, every day. Try it for a week.

It can be something small, like drinking cranberry juice instead of orange juice.
It might be taking a different route to work.
Or dusting off your bike and taking a long ride.

It doesn’t have to be anything big.

Just something you can do today, right now.

If you’re in a rut at work,  don’t be in a rush to change jobs, change something outside of work and work begins to look a bit different.

Try a new breakfast food.  Invite a colleague to lunch.  Call up a friend you haven’t seen in a while. Start that journal you have wanted to keep.


Before you know it, all these small things accumulate and you’ll climb out of that rut. All of these new things will give you a new perspective. You’ll forget about the rut.

Just do something different every day.  Try it for a week and let me know how this works for you.

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  1. Something new for today…Cadbury’s chocolate cake for breakfast! I will not be doing that one again, but it was an experience!