Friday, May 13, 2011

Rut Mentality

Have you ever been stuck in a rut for so long that the rut itself became the normal?
Did you ever get out of it?
Did you fall back into it?
Multiple times?
Have you now permanently escaped the rut?
What did you do different than the times before?

These questions reveal a great deal into what my life has been like the last 4+ years. In and out of the same rut several times, but wanting to finally escape the rut to never return.

For those that have been in and out of the same ruts and have finally conquered them, what advice would you give to someone wanting to do the same?

These are not rhetorical questions. So please don't hesitate to respond.

Till Next Time...Take Care!!!


Amanda said...

Sometimes I think the ruts get bigger each time...I've certainly fallen in them, gotten out and fallen back in several times now.

I'm working to get back out of a rut that became routine. I just have to keep reminding myself why I need to get out of the rut and what it means to be over all.

Jim said...

I hesitate to offer advice given my own lack of success, but ruts that become life patterns are common to most people.

If these ruts were as simple as changing bad habits, we'd probably find more success. But when ruts become long-term life patterns, often it takes more than changing habits to break out of it. A new pattern may be needed, addressing more than just one particular area.

Someone once said, act yourself into a new way of thinking, and think yourself into a new way of acting. You said it yourself, the place to start is to stop believing the lies. Then remind yourself that in Christ we are more than conquerors, and that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. Nuggets of truth to keep in mind.

Not unlike shocking the metabolism by, say, doing sprints instead of long jogs, changing the patterns of our life sometimes requires us to shock ourselves out of our comfort zones, especially if those comfort zones reinforce negative emotions, perspectives and habits. It's finding something that refreshes you mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. Could be as simple as new hobbies, or as extreme as a move or a job change. You have to determine what patterns you want to change.

This is already too long, but FWIW, the most refreshing moment I've had in years took place while I was sitting on a roof not so long ago. For a few days there, the patterns of my life had changed, and despite the circumstances, it actually felt refreshing. The point is, changing the pattern in one area of life can actually have a profound and positive effect in other areas of your life. Find things that refresh you, and maybe the freedom you seek will manifest itself accordingly.

That is my hope and my prayer for you.