When you are stuck in life, it is a serious bummer. Nothing seems easy. Doing laundry, finding a parking spot, filling out an application, working out or cleaning your apartment can all seem like monumental tasks. The tendency for many of us is to shutdown and avoid the problem entirely. Sometimes taking a nap or or playing a few hours of video games or binge-watching Netflix seems like a better solution than facing our problems. The outcome is usually temporary relief, coupled with an even greater sense of stress or pressure the next day.
In my coaching, I have seen that committing to even one activity a day can be powerful to move forward. If you are out of shape and have not exercised for awhile, commit to a 10 minute walk each day for a week and then add one minute in each of the next five weeks. You will be shocked at what a difference that can make. If you are stuck applying for jobs, set a 3o minute window each day where you apply for at least one job. At the end of the week, you will have five apps in.
Our brains and mindset react positively when we follow through on things we said we wanted to do. So do not try to do everything, just pick one thing and start moving forward.
Patrick Donohue is a life coach who specializes in helping young men ages 16-30 launch their lives and their careers.