What does it mean to be stuck?
How many times have we heard someone say or have said ourselves the things we “used to be” and “used to do”?
How many times have we been guilty of getting stuck in those “used to be” moments?
“I remember when I used to be a size 4.” “I remember when my business was booming.” Or “ This is the way we used to do it.”
I can go on and on, but I want to know what are you doing NOW? What changes are you making to surpass the past? Nothing is wrong with reflecting on memories and accomplishments, however do not get stuck in those moments.
Sometimes we can be so consumed with our past that we lose focus on our present and future. I’m sure we all know someone who is stuck on what it was, instead of looking at what it is. There’s always new levels to reach and conquer. Let’s not abandon our hopes and dreams by looking back on our “used to be”.
I took the time to look up the definition of stuck and three meanings really grabbed my attention.
- Be or become fixed or jammed in one place as a result of an obstruction.
- Remain in a static condition; fail to progress.
- Be or remain in a specified place or situation, typically one perceived as tedious or unpleasant.
You may one day find yourself in a “stuck” situation. Your career is stuck. Your ministry or outreach is stuck. Your relationship is stuck. Your finances are stuck and so on. And you’re constantly looking back at what it “used to be”. Your past has now obstructed your view on the things which lies ahead.
You have now become:
Stagnant – not moving forward
Toxic – your past thoughts have become poisonous to your future
Unsure – you have no idea of what’s next
Confused – thinking it was better in the past.
Kidnap – “used to be” is now holding hostage “what it can be”.
In our lives there should always be some type of movement happening. If you’re not moving, you have become a victim of being stuck. Even if you have to take a step back in order to move forward, that is still progression. The main goal is to continue to flow. Flow like the rivers that are always going somewhere. A Continuous FLOW!!
In order to make progress from your “stuck” place, your perception has to change. You can no longer view yourself as the person you were 5, 10 or 20 years ago. What may have worked for you then may not necessarily work now. We all have heard that things get better with time. As time passes, we should be looking for more ways to grow. A reflection should only be that, but never a stopping point.
Challenge yourself from this day forward that you will continue to flow. Your latter days will be greater than your former.