1 Reason You Are Stuck In A Rut

I've been stuck in a rut! Just stuck! I have all these ideas in my head and can't figure out how to move forward. So I've been doing what every sane person would do, help my clients move their business forward while mine suffers (sarcasm, just in case you missed it). 

As I work my way through a list of reasons why this might be happening, it's become clear to me that the number one reason for being stuck is because the ideas I am trying to implement are not aligned with my interests and values. They are good ideas, but not suited for my personal and professional goals.

How did this happen?

Too much information! Yes, reading and learning is good. But there is such a thing as too much information, or rather consuming information that is irrelevant to your needs. You see, in trying to learn about business (running a side hustle), being a better blogger, and an all round grounded person, I ended up reading and trying to implement a bunch of strategies that took me farther away from my initial goals for my blog and new side hustle. To be clear, it wasn't that I was consuming bad, inaccurate, or useless information, they were just not relevant to my needs or aligned with what I was trying to achieve.  

To summarize, I was stuck in a rut because I was doing things that weren't authentic to me. 

The Fix

1 | Remember your why

One of the things I've done in the last two weeks is go back to my 'why'. Why did I start a site called Work Smart Nigeria (formerly The Versatile Nigerian)? What kind of content did I want to share and what did I hope to achieve?

I started my blog to show young Nigerian professionals how to take charge of their careers by learning new skills and making use of opportunities (volunteer, paid or freelance work) that gets them closer to their professional goals. I believe that you can either find your dream job or create it - getting there requires creativity and intentionality. Work Smart Nigeria exists to inspire creativity and intentionality in your career journey through educational, practical and actionable content. This is my WHY.

2 | Narrow your focus

In today's information driven world, it is very tempting to offer more, more more. While this might seem like a good idea on the surface, it could lead to long term distraction and eventually get you stuck in a rut. The minute I tried writing things I wasn't passionate about, writing became twice as hard. Writing about careers has always been an interest of mine. In going back to my 'why,' I have taken myself back to my original focus - careers and professional development. 

Note to self - Keep it simple stupid (KISS)

3 | Stay true to yourself

Trying to be someone else or living according to someone else's blueprint is not only exhausting, but unsustainable. The best person you can be is yourself, and the best way to engage work is on your own terms. It is okay to admire other people and learn from their strategies, but don't let that distract you from your own goals or take you down a path that isn't yours. The biggest lesson I have learned through this process is to stay true to myself.

There you have it, the one reason you are stuck in a rut and three ways to fix it. What about you? Have you ever been stuck in a rut? How did you fix it? 

Professionally yours,