Have you ever found yourself pouring all your energy into a goal, only to find yourself stuck in a cycle of starts and stops, with little actual progress?

We’ve been conditioned to believe that as long as we take the right action at the right time, we’ll achieve our desired results. If we’re not seeing those results, we assume we’re doing something wrong and try to change our actions accordingly. But with every setback, our inner critic chips away at our confidence, leaving us feeling inadequate.

Moreover, we often make sacrifices in our health and relationships, denying ourselves the rest we need. We’ve been led to believe that such sacrifices are necessary for success. This mindset leaves us feeling isolated, convinced that we’re alone in facing our challenges.

This approach often leads to despair.

So, how do we shift from despair to a mindset of creativity and possibility?

Consider the story of a colleague who worked tirelessly for 15 years, yet couldn’t break through the ceiling on business growth. Mentally, physically, and emotionally drained, they were unable to find a creative solution to their challenges.

Despair is a universal experience, but what we do with it is up to us. We can either remain stuck in despair, repeating the same ineffective strategies, or we can use it as a cue to rest and reflect.

Continuing to pursue ineffective strategies keeps our nervous system in a perpetual state of stress, hindering our ability to think creatively. By allowing ourselves time for rest and reflection, we signal to our nervous system that we’re safe, enabling it to shift into a state of restoration. It’s from this calm state that we can explore new possibilities.

Ask yourself:

Is the gap between what I want and what I’m experiencing due to will, skill, or environment?

-Will represents our core beliefs and expectations.

-Skill reflects our ability to take intentional action.

-Environment encompasses factors like support and freedom from distraction.

By addressing these aspects, we can uncover the root of our challenges.

To grow, we must embrace discomfort. Instead of dwelling on our shortcomings or blaming others, we should focus on finding solutions. This shift in mindset, coupled with rest and reflection, enables us to explore creative solutions without sacrificing our well-being.

So, what growth challenge are you facing? Are you prioritizing rest and reflection to unlock new possibilities?

Remember, we’re social beings meant to learn and grow together. Seek out a supportive community if you’re facing challenges alone. And when you’re ready to elevate your life and business, consider booking a strategy call for support. The sooner you seek help, the faster you’ll grow.

About This Blog

I’m Mary Meduna-Gross, a professional coach and the founder of Plena Vita, a company that offers coaching services and products to help people rewire their success.

Embark on a transformative journey with me as we challenge the conventional notions of success. In our blog and Fully Alive podcast, discover a unique path that prioritizes energy management, enabling you to effortlessly bring your dreams to life by embracing a state of creative flow.