Why do we get stuck in a rut?

People are often stuck in a rut in one area or another in life. Even the best of the best people you know who are on top of things and are movers and shakers in the world will be found stuck in some area or another. For example, Mr. Entrepreneur of the World could be stuck in that he can’t quit smoking. Or Ms. Fashionista Traveller may be stuck in the rut that is what she calls her social a life, a social life that takes top priority over other things. Then are those who get stuck in many areas of their lives, too many to mention.

Why do we get stuck in a rut? What causes most of us to be S.T.U.C.K. like gum to a shoe, duct tape adhesive to a car seat, and codependent relationships to those involved?

Here are some top reasons why we get stuck:

Fear of change

As explained in a previous blog, change (whether good or bad) is uncomfortable and even scary for many people. They would rather stay stuck then make changes and face changes even if being stuck hinders them.

Fear of what they don’t know

People are often afraid of what they don’t know. And until they do whatever it is that they don’t know much about, they will continue to fear it. It’s like being afraid of fear itself. For example, a person can be afraid of flying yet she has hardly ever flown. But her fear of flying disappears the more she flies because it is now something that she has become familiar with.

People are afraid to make mistakes

Making mistakes and having to face the consequences is another reason why people allow themselves to be stuck. Perhaps if they mess up, others will make fun of them or judge them. If they don’t succeed then they may feel insecure or appear to be inadequate. Afraid of messing up and making mistakes keep many stuck in a rut .

Afraid to do things alone

How often have you heard children say, “Go with me. Try this with me. Come with me”? Well, adults are the same way. We like to do things in groups or with another person. Not many enjoy being alone or doing things alone. So the reason for being in rut can be due to not having someone else to join you.


Insecurities on any level (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual will cause people to make the choices that keep them stuck to what they’ve always known and what they’ve always done.

There you have it, a few of the top reasons why we get stuck in a rut. Now in closing, I’d like to leave you with this:  Someone once said that the definition of insanity is doing what you’ve always done and getting the same results as you’ve always gotten.

So if you’re stuck in a rut, it’s time to make the choice and take the action that are necessary to get unstuck.


About Stephane Manos

Stephane Manos has developed several online companies. While working as an online entrepreneur, he fell in love with the sales aspect and recruited some of the best clients and affiliates the companies have ever had. The fun, he found was in building the connections and relationships. One of Stephane's top qualities is being able to motivate. He found a passion in motivating others which in return motivated him. Happy colleagues and clients would send word-of-mouth referrals and increase traffic to his online businesses. Teamwork is something that Stephane promotes. The focus is not on self or individuals but in working as a team to reach the same goals. It is his role as a leader to lead the team by example. Currently, his interest is in real estate investments and financial investments. He is now looking into emerging markets such as the Middle East. He also believes some of the better deals can be found in certain parts of the United States. Many distressed buyers are looking to liquidate. Developing new online businesses, purchasing commercial and residential real estate, and developing rentals has led him to travel around the world. Stephane Manos contributes a portion of his time and earnings to charitable associations and philanthropic groups. His charities are: -Children's Telethon -AHEPA brotherhood and Shriners -REVIVRE Bipolar Support Assocation
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