Corbett Barr

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How to Get Out of a Rut and Create Your Own Breakthroughs in Life

Have you ever felt stuck in a rut in life or work? Have you also felt helpless about it, like all you can do is wait for something magical to happen?

In this quick little video, I’ll share my #1 tip for getting out of a rut and creating your own breakthroughs in life or business. Hint: it doesn’t involve sitting around and doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results.

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I’d also love to hear from you: what’s your #1 tip for breaking out of a rut in life?

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  1. Change of scenery. Sometimes a simple change in your surroundings and bring a sense of newness and provide a different perspective. If you sit at a desk try sitting outside, or go to a cafe and work. This can also mean a change in the people you surround yourself with, or don’t surround yourself with.

    There’s a reason why so many people decide to get up and move in order to start a new life. Your change doesn’t have to be that extreme but just give a new location a try.

  2. Thanks for the words.

  3. Great video Corbett!

    I love that quote and use it with my clients when they’re stuck in a rut. It’s so easy to happen and it happens to ALL of us.

    When I’m stuck in a rut or can’t see another way to think about it, I’ll do a few things including going for a walk, stepping away from the computer for a day or hashing it out with a great friend and fellow entrepreneur.

    But honestly, the best way I’ve found is to reframe my mindset and simply ask myself the question, “If I was to fully take responsibility for my own breakthrough in this area (insert area) what would I need to do?” Some version of that question ALWAYS gets me clear and out of the pity-party. And it leads to some new thinking about what it TRULY takes to step up and create an awesome life and business.


  4. I always told my students that happiness is living at the intersection of preparation and opportunity. If you prepare, opportunity will come. Sometimes you need to force opportunity’s hand…that’s where innovation comes in. So Happiness= Innovation (Preparation + Opportunity)

  5. Joe

    I’m liking the video, Corbett. I really think you hit the nail on the head with getting out of your comfort zone, putting yourself into different situations, meeting new people, talking about new/different things. It’s so easy to get caught up in our day to day and we lose perspective. One of my favorite ways of gaining perspective and getting out of a rut is travel. For me, the physical removal from my every day life (which is great, not bad in the least) is key my evaluating my life, my goals, purpose, etc., and yes, sometimes pulling myself up out of that rut.

  6. The quality really is awesome on this. If you were trying for the rule of thirds, design element, you hit it nicely and that gives a nice feel to the video.

    When I’m in a rut, I walk away and indulge in a(nother) passion. A 30 minute drive with the top off to grab a coffee or roll through a park resets me.


  7. Mitesh

    Will I’m in a rut, working for a company that is going into receivership and I’m losing my job soon. Really, I’m out of ideas as to what I should be doing next………

  8. Nice vid, thanks.

    Insanity. Yes.

    On complainers… I remind them (as myself) that “things happen around them, not to them.” However, most people don’t take these suggestions very well, especially when you present it as a very narcissistic view of themselves.

    Real change rarely happens until the pain of living a certain way is greater than the fear of trying something different. Which is exactly how I (as you mentioned) get out of ruts.

    Getting out of my comfort zone really helps me break free of any rut. However, if all else fails, being of service to others always breaks me free of a rut. By putting myself out there and interacting with people (the universe) I get feedback and it helps me grow as a person. No matter how scary it may be.

    Most “ruts” come about when I isolate and become wrapped up in my own self. So getting out and being a part of as opposed to a part from always helps…. except when it doesn’t. In those cases, I just remind myself that “this too shall pass” and just keep taking action.

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