How to Get Unstuck for Good & Change Your Life in 12 Steps


Feeling stuck is completely normal. Seriously. You’re not alone.

Especially if you’re in your late twenties and early thirties! Feeling stuck at this age is so popular it even has a name: Quarter-Life Crisis.

According to a study, the quarter-life crisis is defined by the press as “an identity crisis that leaves recent college graduates depressed, anxious, and full of doubt.

Considering The United States has more than 300 million inhabitants, of which around 14% (almost 40 million inhabitants) belong to the 25-34-year-old group… that’s a lot of people going through a crisis.

Now, it all may sound like terrible news, but, actually, in my opinion, feeling stuck is a good thing: it’s a sign your mind and body are sending to let you know you’re not living up to your true potential and it’s time to do something about it.

However, I’d say that the worst part about this feeling isn’t the feeling itself; it’s its inherent part: not knowing what to do with your life.

Knowing exactly why you feel stuck is key to learn how to get unstuck!

There are many things you can do to get unstuck in life, and I’ve listed them in this post.

You can try them all if you want, that’s a lot of fun, but I highly recommend you start with the one that resonates with you the most.

That way, you’ll avoid the frustration caused by searching for your answers in the wrong places.

These are all methods I’ve personally used, in an unorganized way, to get unstuck in life.

I hope you find them useful and they help you get out of that nasty rut.

How To Get Unstuck in 12 Steps

1. Practice self-discovery daily for a month

You can’t fix something if you don’t know where the problem is, right?

And the perfect tool to find what’s missing is journaling.

Journaling is an excellent exercise for self-development and mental health that consists of writing your thoughts, ideas, hopes, fears, and basically anything that crosses your mind.

However, if you’re stuck and you don’t know where to start getting unstuck in life, practicing free-style journaling can frustrate you.

Especially if you’re new to journaling. So, it’s a good idea to use journaling prompts to know yourself that can help you uncover why you feel the way you do.

This exercise can be particularly helpful if you ask yourself the right questions and elaborate from there.

Knowing where you are and where you want to be is the first step toward your new, unstuck life 🙂

2. Analyze your current habits and build new ones

As I’ve mentioned before, maybe you feel stuck because you’ve been doing the same things over and over again for years.

To know if that’s your case, take out your journal and think about your normal day. Just a regular day in your life.

Write down all the things you do from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to bed:

  • How are your eating habits?
  • Do you spend time in front of the TV every day?
  • Do you read books?
  • Do you get enough rest?
  • Who do you spend your time with?
  • What are your most recurring thoughts?

Asking yourself these questions can help you put your daily life into perspective.

And why is this important?

Because small actions you perform every day have a powerful compound effect on your life.

And this effect can be more decisive than you may think.

This is an interesting and life-changing concept I learned from The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy.

In his book, Hardy examines the effects that daily habits have on people’s lives, for good or bad.

If you feel stuck and can’t pinpoint where you’re failing exactly, I highly recommend you check out his book.

Another writer that’s all about habits is James Clear.

Check out his blog, in which he writes about habits and other interesting topics that can change your life.

3. Declutter your home

This one may sound a little weird.

But it sounds weird only if you don’t know the power of decluttering and organizing your house or any space in which you spend time on a regular basis.

Did you know that clutter takes up mental space and increases your levels of anxiety?

Clutter can stop you from getting unstuck.

Living in a cluttered environment can literally affect your brain health.

Sometimes the change we so desperately need is lying right there, outside of us, in the form of a huge physical mess surrounding us.

I once told you that I used to hate organizing and cleaning the house. I never had neither the energy nor the time.

But then I discovered that it was a major reason why I was feeling so anxious and generally “uncomfortable,” as I used to describe it.

Once you’ve decluttered your space, trust me, you’ll find it’s way easier to think clearly about yourself, your future, and your goals.

4. Learn how to rest and recharge

This one may also sound a little weird to some because resting is a natural thing, right?

But no, not everybody knows how to do it. And chances are, you feel stuck because you haven’t taken time to rest and assess everything you’re doing.

So, if you want to get unstuck in life, do something fun and relaxing, at least one day each month

I know it’s hard for some of us, but try to forget about everything you have to do and just allow yourself to be.

You can’t imagine how much a stressed and cluttered mind can affect the way you make choices.

When you allow your mind to rest and you give yourself permission to do nothing, some things can become more clear.

The best part? You don’t need to go on a 6-month spiritual retreat.

Trust me, just one day of real relaxation can clear your mind.

5. Practice gratitude

You may feel stuck because you’re trapped in a negative space.

Make it a habit to list three things you’re grateful for every day, and you’ll start seeing results almost immediately.

Practicing gratitude can help you get unstuck because it shines a different light into your perspective on things, relationships, mindset and even your levels of resilience.

6. Start a challenge

Challenging yourself is one of the best ways to know what you’re made of.

Find an area in your life you wish to improve and then design an appropriate challenge. You may:

Why is this powerful and what does it have to do with getting unstuck?

Let’s take healthy eating as an example.

One of the reasons why this may be beneficial if you’re trying to get unstuck is that eating healthy improves your brain health, which reduces brain fog and helps you think more clearly.

Second, eating the right foods can help you improve your mood.

Which, in turn, can help you feel more positive about your life in general and more motivated to change the things you don’t like.

There are many reasons why I recommend challenges.


  • are a great way to set specific goals, for a specific amount of time;
  • sharpen your skills;
  • help you know yourself better;
  • give you something different to work for;
  • bring out the best in you;
  • make you stay committed;
  • have a sweet reward waiting at the end because nothing compares to starting a challenge and finishing it.

You’ll be astonished at all the things you can achieve!

7. Make a list of everything you’ve accomplished so far

One of the main reasons why you feel stuck is because you compare your whole self to what you know about your peers.

And then we end up believing they’ve accomplished more, even though they’re as young as we are.

So, we end up thinking we’ve wasted our young years.

Somehow you can’t remember something valuable you’ve done. 

That’s the reason why it’s a great idea to list all the things you’ve accomplished:

  • create a timeline, starting when you were 17 or 18;
  • list at least one accomplishment a year, from that age to the age you’re now.

It’s important to revise what you understand as an “accomplishment.”

Many people set the bar too high, and they end up thinking that only curing cancer or winning a Nobel prize can be considered an accomplishment.

If that’s your case, you’re wrong.

According to the Cambridge Dictionary, an accomplishment is “something that is successful, or that is achieved after a lot of work or effort.”

Think about all the times you pushed yourself and did the best you could. That’s what matters!

8. Stop comparing yourself to others

This topic is enough to write hundreds of books, I know.

It’s not easy at all to stop comparing yourself to others.

The trick I use is this one: Every time I find myself comparing myself to others, I think, “I don’t know everything about that person. I only know what they want people to know, which, naturally, is their accomplishments“.

Thinking this helps me understand that others are human, just like me, and that they’ve made mistakes as well.

There’s nothing superhuman about them, and that makes me focus on myself.

So, if you feel like you’re not good enough, this is a good place to start getting unstuck.

9. Explore your passions

Take time to explore new things you like to do.

Once you’ve uncovered your passions, go ahead and enroll in a course and study for a whole month.

After that month, notice how you feel.

Do you want to keep at it? Or do you want to try something else?

Exploring your passions is one of the most fun things we can do in life.

If you feel stuck, then it’s probably because you haven’t tried the things you like in a while.

Now it’s the perfect moment to start exploring your many passions.

10. Learn something new

If you stop learning, you stop growing.

And if you stop growing, well… you won’t only feel stuck; you’ll also BE stuck.

Make a list of all the things you’d like to be better at, search the web for free courses, and start learning.

You can also check out classes on YouTube.

This doesn’t mean you’re suddenly changing careers or that you have to start devoting all your time to something new; it’s just a way to explore new things you may like.

11. Start small

Take action: None of this will work if you don’t get up and start implementing one of these solutions.

So, go ahead and choose one and commit to it entirely.

Just choose one, the one that resonates with you the most, and start small.

If you decide to enroll in an online course, don’t get too excited: enroll in only one. If you don’t like that one, then start another one.

But don’t make the mistake of trying to do too much too soon because that can leave you frustrated.

12. Talk it out

Stop carrying that weight with you everywhere you go.

And talk to someone you trust.

Chances are, that person is going to understand you because most of us go through this.

Or seek professional help if you need to! If feeling stuck is unbearably painful for you and you can’t find the strength to take action, maybe you want to seek help.

Remember, there’s no shame in that. We’ve all needed help. One way or the other.

Ready to Get Unstuck? Let Me Help

If you want to boost this process instead to trying to figure everything out on your own, check out the Get Unstuck Workbook; a collection of journaling exercises designed to help you figure out what’s missing and design a plan to get there.

I started this blog years ago and I’ve received hundreds of emails from people telling me the stories of why they feel stuck; I’ve heard so many that I’ve been able to identify a pattern a design the perfect solution for you.

With this workbook, I’ll take you by the hand while you uncover what’s keeping you stuck and create a realistic plan to get where you want to be.

It doesn’t get easier than this, trust me!

Check it out here 🙂

The Bottom Line

If you want to get unstuck, you need to take action.

This feeling won’t go away if you keep ignoring it and thinking that, eventually, you’ll get used to your life and start liking it.

If you do that, you’ll probably end up settling for less than you deserve and regretting it later.

There’s clearly something you don’t like about your current state, and nobody’s going to take action for you.

Sometimes it takes an overwhelming breakdown to have an undeniable breakthrough” – Unknown

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