We can all get a little ‘stuck’ in life – we’re human! But, we needed stay in this place for long. Sometimes we need to take action and do something to make positive change. Dr Lisa Turner explains more…
My husband is pilot, and when he takes me flying he constantly makes tiny adjustments to the direction, speed and altitude. To keep the plane steady, he has to work very hard, constantly adjusting to compensate for wind and the environment.
The same is true for life. We all want to be successful and happy and achieve our goals. But in order to do this we need to constantly make adjustments to account for outside circumstances so that we stay on course. However unlike flying an aircraft, there are no such instruments in life to measure whether or not you are on track for a smooth and successful journey. In fact, there are some signs but they are much more subtle and it’s all too easy to miss them altogether. Here are some that indicate you’re off track and need to take action to steer your life in the right direction.
1) What you’re doing isn’t working
If the actions you are taking aren’t getting results, it’s time to try something different. Even if what you’re doing used to get results, if it no longer works, stop it. Do something else.
2) Your intuition keeps nudging you
Intuition gives you signs and signals in lots of ways. It might be a gut feeling – a hunch – or you might get very detailed and strange dreams. You could hear a little niggling voice in the back of your mind or you might keep noticing strange coincidences, or receiving the same message from several sources. These prompts are telling you to tune in and dig deeper to uncover the meanings, which might be urging you to act.
3) You keep procrastinating
Sometimes the reason we procrastinate is because the action we’re wanting to take isn’t in alignment with the results we require. If you find yourself persistently putting off things you think will get you results, tune in and ask yourself, ‘Is this action taking me in the right direction?’ If it is, then you need to find the cause of the procrastination. If it’s not, you must find out what actions you do need to take instead.
4) You’re not listening to your emotions
All emotions are useful, as they guide us to take action when our current situation isn’t working for us. Anxiety, for example, can come be because we are denying something needs to change or needs to be done. Pay attention to your emotions. Keep a journal of events that trigger an emotional response in you, and look for patterns. Once you’ve identified the situations that lead to uncomfortable emotions, you will be better equipped to either avoid them or come up with a coping strategy and helpful ways to deal with the emotions when they arise.
5) You get ill
Leading on from the previous point, sometimes illness is caused by ignoring our emotions. It’s easy to rationalise them away, but illness will always get your attention. If you suffer with anything from colds to IBS or chronic fatigue, it could be you’ve been ignoring the emotional triggers that something needs to change. For example, if you are in the wrong job, illness is the perfect way to stop you getting to work. Changing your job may well improve your health, as could ending a relationship that’s not fulfilling anymore.