You can find a way to move forward even if you feel stuck in life. The bottom line is that you were not made for mediocrity. You can get your life on track and be successful in life. It is not in your nature to flounder in a vague state of dissatisfaction with life, never really throwing in the towel but never really “going for it” either.

So why do so many accept this state of life? Well, in working as a Life Coach, I have observed there are 10 main reasons people become afraid to “give it all they’ve got” when it comes to living life to the fullest and achieving their goals. I call these the “Landmines” because they are the hidden mindsets that act as bombs used to utterly destroy any dreams, goals, or progress in a person’s life. These are the thoughts that must change if you want to get your life back on track.

Here is the list of 10 reasons why people get stuck in life. Do you identify with any of them?

1. You don’t know what you want (lack of clarity)
2. You don’t believe you deserve it (fear or pride masquerading as humility)
3. You are afraid of being different (success is not common so you'll have to get over this)
4. You are afraid of failure (not understanding that failure is a stepping stone to success)
5. You don’t really believe the goal is possible
6. You would rather try to meet the expectations of other people. (which is impossible)
7. You are too invested in the way things are instead of the joy of what could be
8. You won’t commit because there is not enough desire
9. You don’t want to be responsible for your own results (excuses are easier).
10. You like the “security” of where you are.

Basically all of these landmines can be narrowed down to two issues: lack of clarity and fear. The good thing is, there is one answer that will eliminate both of these things: action.

3 Easy Steps You Can Take to Make Life Better Right Now

1) Look at the list of landmines above and identify which ones you have been using the most. Decide not to use these anymore to "destroy" your chances changing your life and getting your life on track.

2) Think about one unfinished goal and decide to complete it right now. The goal should be something you've said you are going to do but haven't done. It can be something as big as "getting that degree" or small as "cleaning out a junky closet" or calling a friend or family member.

3) Take time to finish the goal you just identified within the next 24 hours. This will help you begin to build momentum, which will help you stop feeling stuck in life. For your own benefit and personal growth, take action immediately. If you thought of a smaller goal, such as cleaning a closet, right after you finish reading, go clean that closet. Taking action will make you feel a lot better.

If you decided upon a bigger goal that cannot be in the next 24 hours (for ex: finishing your degree or writing a book) complete the next logical step. Sign up for one class or how to course, make an appointment with an admissions counselor, or write the first sentence of that story. Action will trump fear every time.

“Every human being will suffer from one of two pains in life. The pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The only difference is that the pain of discipline weighs ounces, the pains of regret weighs tons.” - Unknown

If what has been holding you back is lack of clarity, do whatever it takes to get clarity, which is usually some sort of action. Find a mentor, research online, or talk to someone who has done what you want to do. Whatever you do, just get going!

The only way to start is by starting. The only way to finish to is never stop. Allow yourself to learn along the way. If you aim for progress instead of perfection, you will no longer feel stuck in life.

Author's Bio: 

Jennifer Sarpong is a life coach, author, and creator of the EPIC Life Home Coaching program. She helps people quickly make progress, achieve their goals, and live extraordinary lives of purpose. Get your Free Life Kickstart Guide and learn how to discover your purpose, make a life plan, and get your life on track in only 7 weeks at