Breaking out of a rut

January 29, 2012

I hate being stuck in a rut, and yet, it’s so hard to get out. For some reason, I often think that being stuck in a rut is like being stuck in quicksand. I’m afraid of making any moves because I think things are just going to get worse.


I know I’m not the only one with this problem. Why do we let ourselves stay stuck? Maybe it’s because once upon a time, we made a move and we got hurt. Maybe we’re just paralyzed by the fear of making a big mistake. Maybe we’re just too numb, too overwhelmed, or too tired. Maybe it’s all of the above.

“One thing that is self-evident about God is that He is not into stagnation.”
-Michael Dye, The Genesis Process

This weekend, I found myself faced with two choices: I could start blogging again, even though it’s been so long since I last blogged and I had no idea what I was going to write…or I could continue to let myself be stopped by the multiple excuses swirling around in my head. The truth is that these past few months, I’ve been wanting to blog, I just couldn’t bring myself to do it.

So I figured that I could continue to think about blogging and feel bad about not doing anything about it, or I could just keep on typing–hoping and believing that as I put my thoughts down, they’ll somehow make sense.

Lately, I’ve been learning (or more accurately, I’ve been “re-learning”) the importance of breaking out of my normal routines and comfort zones and taking steps of faith. It’s a new year, and if I want to experience new things, I need to take those little steps. I get too bogged down with thinking of what could possibly go wrong, but I can also get too obsessed with what could possibly go right. What I really need to do is take one step at a time, stop stressing over the possible results, see what happens next, and just have faith.

But it all starts with one little step. Here’s mine.

If there’s one step that you feel you need to take today, what would it be?

By Liz

Writer, blogger, strategist, communications specialist, doodler, traveler, adventurer, author/illustrator of Art to Feed the Heart, founder of, doer of random stuff.


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    I also felt that way.. like I don’t want to try again, not even a simple thing of expanding my thoughts for so many reasons I usually can’t figure out. I always thought that I need a break, but what I really need is God, it’s not that I’m tired, but that my relationship with Him became common. If there’s one step that I feel I need to take today, maybe it would come from those things I withheld of myself that once, I find enjoying..simply browsing books at a store, writing in my journal, enjoying every scenery (especially nature) and so on… Wah! I realized I made things complicated.haha! Good to see new posts here again Coach Liz ;-)

    My warm hugs to you ;-)

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    I am in a rut with going to bed way too late! It cramps the following day and reduces my overall productivity! (Welcome back!)

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    Hi Liz!

    I’ve been wanting to write you a letter but I don’t know how to start. Reading your blog feels like I’m talking to someone, talking to you, just like the old times so I guess I’ll just give you my updates here.

    Straight to the point – I’m single again. I took the step of faith, obeyed, and though it hurts, I know it had to happen for a purpose. God’s grace is overflowing, even in the process, as it really ended well. I don’t know what will happen next, but I’m leaving it all, surrendering everything to His hands.

    Another step is actively looking or a job. I’m walking the talk, applying and talking to people in the travel and tourism industry, seeking for advise on what I can do and how I can serve. It’s all up in the air, I hope that by this time, I have already learned the lesson of actively and patiently waiting. In God’s time, it will happen.

    It’s a good season, there are changes, and I choose to look at it in a good light. My quiet time has improved! So there! As long as I can hear Him, it’s all good. :)

    How are you? Seems like you’re really enjoying your work there! Where’s your next blogpost? Haha!

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      You inspired me to write again. :)

      So proud of you. You sound happy! And I’m happy for you :) God is good…more adventures around the corner!

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