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Getting Out of a Rut

Daily and weekend activities can help you keep your equilibrium from week to week. There are times, however, when a major overhaul is necessary. Occasionally, you may find yourself in a serious attitudinal “rut.” You’re in a rut when you repeat a pattern of negative behavior for a period of time. Although some days are better than others, your focus seems permanently skewed to the negative side.

It’s possible to be in such a rut without knowing it. When you become physically ill, for example, your body normally send signals–you get a headache, a fever, or a pain. This alert prompts you to do something about the illness. However, when you slip into an attitudinal rut, your mind may be unable to send you a signal; or, you may refuse to receive it. Your friends might say something or they might hold back because they fear an angry response. Or they send signals that you ignore. So, it’s not unusual for people to stay in an attitudinal rut for longer than necessary.


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