Stagnation: life filler, dream killer

Plateau; stuck in a rut; banging your head against a brick wall…

Whichever way you look at it, stagnation is something we all find ourselves in at various intervals.

The dictionary defines stagnation in two ways: “the state of not flowing or moving” or a “lack of activity, growth, or development.”

It’s this second definition, that really hits home for me…

It’s the going through the motions, stuck on autopilot and on repeat, that really defines stagnation – and worst of all, sometimes it’s impossible to realise you’re there.

It’s the running in circles, running on the hampster wheel…

In the eye of the storm, it seems peaceful, if not numbing.

Everything seems to be moving around you, so you must be moving too, right? Days, weeks, months seem to pass you by. If you work a 9 to 5, you sort of chase the weekend, in an endless game of “Is it home time yet?”. And before you know it, you’re wondering how it got so deep into the year with you realising it.

There is no progress, only regress, masked with repetitive action.

And each I’ve cottoned on to this feeling – many times before – each time, I slide down a different slope. Though I’ve learnt…

My only consistent way out of it? Seeking discomfort

  • Do the opposite to what I’ve been usually doing;
  • Re-evaluate old habits and start new routines;
  • Change my environment, change my perspective.

In essence. shake up the status quo you’ve created for yourself.

So… take a different route to work, change your workouts (or start!), listen to different music… something, anything. A one degree change in perspective, will give you a new 360 degree view.

“The more you seek the uncomfortable, the more comfortable you will become.”

From a road less travelled,


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