The dictionary defines a rut as, “a habit or pattern of behavior that has become dull and unproductive and is hard to change.”
On the other hand, a groove is “an established routine or habit.”
Similar, and yet SO different.
One feels a little like cruising, another feels stuck.
So while both are habits of behavior, the energy is different.
Ruts tend to be deep holes we fall into when we don’t know what else to do.
The “I’ve fallen and I can’t get out” syndrome often happens slowly over time. Think of it as a gradual sinking in the mud. While we may have the illusion of standing on solid ground (or habits), one day we realize we are in up to our eyeballs with no means of escape.
Ruts often require extreme effort to pull out of. They can also be comfortable places to lie down and hide in. That’s why we can stay in them for so long.
When it comes to losing weight and exercising, rut-falling is inevitable if you keep eating the same foods over and over again. This is especially true if you are on a diet or fixed eating plan. Even workouts can become dull and boring, or virtually non-existent as our energy to move forward wanes.
Complacency is the kiss of death for any weight loss plan.
Grooves on the flip-side, offer a feeling of freedom. There is a sense of ease and automatic motion. This is when all the pieces have fallen into place.
Consistently changing and adopting positive habits will build a solid foundation for you to build on.
Don’t get “stuck” while moving forward. In fact, it is that sense of forward motion that keeps us going. When you feel you are “spinning your wheels” there is no doubt you are in a rut.
Don’t keep wearing down the same tracks. Change direction.
You can rut or you can groove. What’s it gonna be? I choose to ease on down, ease on down the road….
Tell me in the comments below where you are on the road to success. If you are in a rut, what will you change to get moving again? And if you need a push or a pull, give me a call.