Which rut are you in?
We talk about being stuck in a rut with a negative connotation. It is a bad place to be and something that you need to change; you feel trapped, limited, and that the only form of progress is reluctantly moving forward.
However, I’ve recently realized that ruts often come in pairs…as do the ruts in our lives: the bad rut and the good rut.
The bad rut is defined by troubled thinking, behavior, and sadness. It may be constraining, depressing, and frustrating. Be it diet, relationships, work, school, organization, attitude, industriousness, or some other part of life, one tough moment feeds another and there seems to be no end.
That said, the good rut also exists. Energy, focus, discipline, and optimism are equally powerful; good things are fueled by good things. So a shift, followed by a purposeful continuation, can lead to a rhythm that has a life of its own!
If you’re in the bad rut, make a deliberate move to jump to the good rut and embrace the new momentum.
If you’re in the good rut, keep it up, and continue to pursue that enjoyable path.
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