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  • Writer's pictureYvette Kinkade

Leap out of your rut!

Unmotivated, sick and tired, bored, and hating the world are all words you could use to describe like on those days and I’m not at my best.

But what happens when you get a whole string of those off-days, maybe lasting weeks, months or even years? Too many of us say that we’re in a rut, feel stuck, fed-up, or bored and admit that we don’t want things to be that way, but we don’t know what to do to change.

That’s the problem, when you’re in a rut, you don’t have the energy or motivation to change things for the better, and it’s tough to find the insight or resources you need to make that jump.

Here are a few fun and easy ways you can use right now to climb, or better yet, leap, out of the rut and start to move into a better headspace for yourself.


1. Do something a little different. Start with making one or two simple changes to your day – maybe at breakfast time, change your radio station, your gym routine, your route to work, lunch routine, etc. Don’t worry about what the changes are, or whether they’re right or wrong, just make a couple of simple choices that will serve you well.

Doing something differently or changing parts of your routine, instantly takes you out of the norm and allows you to shake off the things that make you feel confined. Step out of your routine and you’ll be in a position where you’re able to make different choices, see things differently and get a different result. Try it – it works!


2. Use your intuition.


Your intuition is a powerful ally, and we all have it even though you might not recognise it.

  • Practice maintaining an open-minded, playful, experimental and non-judgmental attitude for yourself. This is the most fertile ground to tap into your intuition.

  • Practice making wild guesses in your everyday life. Guess what a salesperson’s name is, what a new person or place will look like or who’s calling on the phone. Don’t worry about getting it wrong, you’re just working that muscle.

  • Try a few simple observation exercises in your daily life. Whether you’re in a restaurant, on a train, in a bar, or out shopping, practice noticing non-verbal behaviour in others. Look for shifts in posture, eye movements, vocal tone or tempo, etc. Guess how they’re feeling or what they’re talking about.


Notice the results when you HAVE and when you HAVEN’T followed your intuition, your gut instinct. How have the results differed?


3. Always be learning.


Learning keeps your brain active, open to new possibilities. Doesn’t matter if you’re learning Japanese, pottery or doing a writing course. Learning keeps you flexible, can make you think more quickly, spark new ideas and can recharge your brain, giving you more energy for other things!

You can learn in any way to suits you. A formal class, a book, a podcast. You’ll always be able to fit this into your life whether it’s ten minutes a day or ten hours a day!


4. Be interested in others.

Grow your networks, give value and share – contribute, learn. Be interested in others. Find people who inspire you and lift you up. If you’re a determined person with a growth mindset you’ll always be striving to meet people where they’re at and never stop growing.


5. Have gratitude.


And always everyday, list out 1-3 things you are thankful for. It doesn’t matter how big or small it is, gratitude helps shift the mind into a positive light, which over time, will help you have the courage you need to do whatever you put your mind to.




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