When it comes to making a big life decision, there are many outside factors you have to consider. With all the pros and cons to weigh, it can feel downright impossible to decide if you should say聽goodbye to a relationship, quit a dead-end job, or start your own business. Everyone feels stuck at one time or another, and luckily, Lee Brochstein from Intersection M put together an eight-step guide you can use anytime you鈥檙e in this kind of bind.聽Her actionable advice will leave you feeling inspired to move forward in whichever direction you choose.

1. Decide to become unstuck.聽Taking the first step can be hard. Think long and hard about how you want to move forward and get inspired to meet your new goals. Mentally commit to making a change, whether it鈥檚 moving across the country or asking your boss for more responsibilities at work.

2. Make a list.聽Brochstein suggests using a list to acknowledge why you鈥檙e stuck, along with everything that鈥檚 keeping you from doing things differently. 鈥淥n one side of the paper, list why you鈥檙e stuck. For instance, if you鈥檙e in a bad relationship, why can鈥檛 you leave? What鈥檚 holding you back?鈥 On the other side, list what鈥檚 preventing you from becoming unstuck, and be honest with yourself, like, 鈥淚 can鈥檛 leave because I would feel like a failure.鈥 Brochstein says it鈥檚 so much easier to make progress when you can see what鈥檚 been holding you back.

3. Create your personal plan. 鈥淥nce you have your list, take some time to put together a plan that鈥檒l help you set yourself free,鈥 Brochstein advises. 鈥淲hat do you need to do to make a change and feel good about it?鈥 Though the solution might be anything from having a hard conversation聽to researching new careers, it鈥檚 up to you to decide when to put your plan in place.

4. Get out of your head. Sometimes, the easiest solution for becoming unstuck is simply stepping away from your decision for a little bit. Take a walk, sit at the park, or try out the new coffee shop on the corner. A change of scenery can do a lot of good!

5. Ask for help. There鈥檚 nothing wrong with asking for help! Brochstein says calling on friends, family, a therapist, or coach can be a total game changer when it comes to an issue that has you feeling stuck. People who care about you will be happy to offer their thoughts, suggestions, and resources to help you figure things out.

6. Stay true to your vision. 鈥淰ision boards might seem clich茅, but they aren鈥檛 at all,鈥 Brochstein says. 鈥淵ou鈥檒l feel inspired to reach your end goal when you regularly see it.鈥 So whether you draw it, write it, or create a collage with your personal goals, place your vision board wherever you can get a good look at it every day. Let it motivate you.

7. Set reachable goals. In order to become unstuck, you need to strive for realistic and reachable goals. 鈥淭his might be as simple as, 鈥 I鈥檓 going to have a conversation with my boss about how unhappy I feel鈥 or 鈥業鈥檓 going to start looking for apartments in my dream city today.鈥欌 You鈥檒l feel great about taking action. Rome wasn鈥檛 built in a day, after all.

8. Keep moving forward. You have your vision, made your list, created a plan, and sourced wisdom from the people you admire. Now it鈥檚 time to take that first step. Will you feel a rush of emotion? It鈥檚 totally possible. You鈥檙e about to make a real change! Acknowledge that feeling, and keep moving forward, Brochstein says. 鈥淭he further you go, the easier it鈥檒l become.鈥 You鈥檝e got this!

Will you use these tips next time you鈥檙e feeling stuck? Tweet us聽@BritandCo聽and tell us how they helped you.

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