What to do When You're Not Making Progress

We’ve all been there.  It’s that feeling of not moving forward.  Maybe in our work.  Our spiritual life.  Our personal growth.  Maybe you’ve made a lot of progress recently, and now it just feels like a stand-still.  

I look at life as a series of cycles. Life is dynamic. Shamans believe life experiences mirror the qualities of the seasons.  Any situation, any given moment can be traced back to the patterns and qualities of one (or more) of the seasons.  

Spring is the start of something new.  It’s associated with ideas.  Inspirations.  New things. 

Summer is the development and apex of that new idea, career, family, project, etc.

Fall is the letting of the project or thing.

And winter is the stillness….the incubation period.

This perspective can be applied to any part of your life.  Relationships.  Family.  Career.  Spirituality.  Friendships.  And any situation.

Every stage has its purpose and value.  And there is no way we could be in the spring or summer stages all the time.  We would burn out.  So if you feel like you’re not making progress, maybe you are in the fall or winter stage of that aspect of your life.  I don’t recommend fighting this, or forcing yourself into another stage.  

When you’re in this stage, here are some things you can do to make the most of it:

-Reconsider and reflect on what is working in your life and what’s not.  Journal about it.  Meditate on it.

-Take some extra time for yourself.  For me this means baths and doing more yoga (maybe some different styles!)

-Embrace time alone (even if it feels a little bit uncomfortable)

-Go for a walk or spend time in nature

These practices as well as bringing awareness to your experience, help to create more freedom in your life.