This post is part of a series by Shannon Kaiser called Live Your Life — a primer on finding your passion and living with purpose. Each day this week, we'll post one article, with the intention of providing the foundational elements you need to go deeper in the search for your life's true meaning. When you're ready to take the next step, check out Shannon's course: Get Unstuck: How To Find Your Calling & Live A Life With More Meaning.
Several years ago, my doctor diagnosed me with clinical depression. At the time, I was miserable in my job, suffering from multiple eating disorders and also addicted to drugs. The depression, and those other self-sabotaging patterns stemmed from a sense of being trapped. I was stuck somewhere I didn't want to be, and I didn’t know how to break free. I was trying to mask my fear and pain with addiction and self-sabotage.
I had the sinking sensation that the corporate cubicle lifestyle I'd worked so hard to achieve was was not my life purpose.
That’s the thing about most major life choices: We don’t know how they will fit until we try them out. I thought I wanted that life. I participated fully in every moment to create that reality. But once I achieved it, I felt numb, hollow, and uninspired.
Many of us stay in situations long past their expiration dates or settle into experiences that don’t soothe our souls because we are reluctant to experience discomfort. In those moments, we’re thinking with our heads instead of our hearts.
We fear that the choice we make could set us back or send our life off course. When it comes to making a decision, many of us are so focused on the worst-case scenario that we become paralyzed. Only once you feel the fear and do it anyway can you really recognize the power of your inner guide. Feeling stuck is always an opportunity to realign and refocus. Here are 10 signs you might be stuck, and how to resolve each one.