Wednesday 3 July 2013

How to get out of a rut

The language we use often provides a gateway into our mind. That is it explains how we've internally represented a situation. Previous blogs have explored phrases we use such as no pain no gain, burning bridges and burying our head in the sand. Yesterday I read a blog that referred to being 'stuck in a rut'. I'd like to share in this blog one of the very simple techniques in the landscaping your life toolkit and apply it to this phrase.

This technique assumes that saying "I'm stuck in a rut" is describing your internal representation of the current situation. Which means if you can change how you're representing it in your mind you may be able to find solutions that currently are hidden from you. 

To change the internal representation is really very easy: 
  1. Find a rut, 
  2. Stand in the rut 
  3. Step out of the rut
  4. Notice what you notice about the situation.
  5. Be surprised with that you discover.
There's a video blog on this I did some time ago if you'd like to see it in practice.

Next time you find yourself in a rut remember it might be much easier than you think to get out of it.

Alison Smith
Inspiring change inside and out
Blog 4/31 in the Ultimate Blog Challenge for July.


  1. I'm not currently stuck in a rut but I have been in the past! (It isn't fun) - I'm going to take a look at your 'landscaping your life toolkit' - Thank you for this post!

  2. Thanks Sherry - the Pinterest board perhaps provides more on the scope of the process -