Feeling stuck doesn’t feel great, that’s for sure. But, it can be a good thing—a sign that you’re ready to make a big change.

What is feeling stuck? I think we all experience it a little differently. For me, it felt like quiet panic, like being caged, or like having absolutely zero control over my future. And the worst part of it was that I knew I had put myself in that position, and part of me felt like I should just shut up and deal with it.

The urge to find a better way won.

We’re all stuck at some point. In this podcast episode Sashka Hanna Rappl shares why that’s not such a bad thing and also how you can start to get un-stuck.

Feeling stuck is great. It means you’re ready to uplevel.”—Sashka Hanna Rappl

Are you ready to uplevel?

Feeling stuck is a good thing, because it means you’re no longer satisfied with the status quo and you’re ready to do something more with your life. You’re ready to live out your purpose.

For most people, it’s not as easy as waking up one morning and deciding to completely change your life. You may stay stuck for a couple of months or a decade. When you fight the change with insecurity, inaction, and ignorance, you’ll stay stuck. But, those feelings aren’t fun, so why not consider what you can do to start making the change you deeply desire.

Sashka shares four tips to help you start getting un-stuck:

  1. Read a lot of autobiographies. Nelson Mandela’s was a big one for Sashka. I loved Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love and Hendry David Thoreau’s Walden. Read about people you’re curious about or who’ve done things you want to do.
  2. Feed your imagination as much as possible. For Sashka that’s reading magazines and books, and watching films. I dug into adventure stories. Read comic books, if that’s what you’re into, or try creative writing workshops, music, theatre or any of the arts. Stoke your creative spirit and let your imagination run wild.
  3. Listen to podcasts. This is why I started a podcast! I was so inspired by listening to other podcasts, particular Tim Ferris’s and The Moment with Brian Koppelman. There are so main other great ones. Listen to other people’s ideas and their stories and you’ll realize that everyone started somewhere.
  4. Find support. One of the most frustrating things is having people around you who don’t support you. As Sashka says, they’re mirroring their insecurities. Find some new people, go to meetups, attend live speaking events, network, join Facebook groups. Life’s too short to allow other people to hold you back because they’re not ready to pursue their own dreams yet.

I’m going to add one more: try things. As Sashka said, “if we haven’t experienced the wrong thing, we don’t know when something’s right.” Try different jobs or volunteer work, new hobbies or sports, hang out with people who have a different perspective than you. It rarely hurts to try things. You may show up and immediately know you’re not in the right place. That’s okay! Now you know.

 

Feeling stuck is not a bad thing. Staying stuck for the lack of trying to get un-stuck is.