I don’t mean in the mud or snow or ice. Although depending on what part of the country you live in, you may be stuck right now under a blanket of snow and ice with more on the way. That’s hard for us Southerners given we get snow once in a blue moon. Usually, a little sand or kitty litter under the tires or a polite young man with a big old truck and chain can take care of that kind of stuck.
I am talking about the feeling of being stuck in an unpleasant mental or physical place that you do not feel you can escape from. Regardless of my circumstances, my mind can keep me stuck, like a broken record, rehearsing the same things over and over again. Certainly, some circumstances can leave us feeling stuck like a financial situation, a difficult relationship, an illness, or a stressful job.
What do we do then? What do we do when we feel stuck? Whatever the situation, it takes a mind shift to remove the feeling of stuck.
3 Tips for Getting Unstuck
Remember reading The Little Engine that Could? An enormous train must be pulled over a huge mountain after its engine breaks down. All other engines refused to try. The little blue engine succeeded by focusing on “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.”
In all honesty, how many times do we instead think “I can’t?” My mom must have told me a thousand times, “Can’t can’t do anything.” The little engine succeeded at a task that far exceeded his capabilities simply by shifting his mindset from negative to positive.
What is one thing you have been putting off by saying “I can’t” and take a step out of stuck today by saying “I can!”
My husband and I love to watch the show “Struggle Meals.” Frankie takes the most simple and cheapest ingredients and turns them into delicious meals for pennies. He shows us that we don’t have to have a lot or even the very best to make something fabulous.
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How many times do we focus on scarcity rather than abundance? How many times do we say, “I don’t have” instead of “I do have?” My granny lived in a tiny cottage by today’s standards. She didn’t have investments or the latest HGTV designed decor. Instead, she lived with an attitude of contentment and abundance. Her home was filled with love, warmth and good food. I would go back there in a minute if I could. She made the most of what she had and shared it with love.
Rather than focusing on lack, take stock. Instead of saying “I don’t have,” make an “I do have” list. Now, stop and give thanks for that list. A little gratitude can get us rolling again.
One of the most profound books that I have ever read was The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom. After hiding and protecting many Jewish people during the holocaust, she was arrested and sent to a concentration camp. Corrie believed that “every experience God gives us, every person He puts in our lives is the perfect preparation for the future that only He can see.”
Corrie’s experience was unimaginable. The only personal thing she managed to keep hidden in the camp was a Bible. She began a Bible study in the barracks where the women found refuge and strength by hiding the Word of God in their hearts. She said, “The blacker the night around us grew, the brighter and truer and more beautiful burned the word of God.”
Rather than focusing on the darkness, Corrie focused on the light of God’s word. It takes only a little light to dispel darkness. Corrie believed that we must: “Let God’s promises shine on your problems.”
Find one scripture that speaks to your stuck feeling today. Trade the truth of His promises for the lies that bombard you. Begin to shift your mindset to God’s perspective and loosen the rut.
Do you have some tips to share when you get stuck? I would love to hear from you. Comment below.