10 Powerful Quotes to Read When We’re Feeling Stuck.

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As someone with a keen interest in empowerment and choice, I recently conducted a survey about feeling “stuck”—what triggers it, how we feel about it and what we do in response.

More than 500 people around the world responded.

Not surprisingly, responses revealed that every single one of us―regardless of age, race, gender and geography―feels stuck from time to time. Jobs, relationships and habits/behavior patterns were called out as causing the most heartburn.

And, in response, the overwhelming majority reported feeling sad or depressed.  

Here’s where the results get really interesting: nearly two-thirds of respondents said they wanted to make a change, and nearly half were ready to do so. Yet only about 10 percent felt empowered to change. Instead, people said they withdraw, cry and procrastinate.

I believe life’s too short to feel sad, disempowered and holding our collective breath, because “stuck” is a feeling like “hungry” or “cold.” It’s impermanent and changeable. Yet it’s heavy. Sticky. It can pull us down, like tar or quicksand.

But we must remember that it’s not cement. “Stuck” is not forever.

The truth is that we’re all lucky to have choices; we just have to be brave enough to make them.

The next time you need a reminder, pull out this powerful list of quotes about choice. They won’t disappoint.

  1. “Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.” ~ Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
  2. “There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.” ~ Denis Waitley
  3. “Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.” ~ William Jennings Bryan
  4. “When you make a choice, you change the future.” ~ Deepak Chopra
  5. “What people have the capacity to choose, they have the ability to change.” ~ Madeleine Albright
  6. “Nothing in life, including our circumstances or potential, is fixed. Reality is bendable to our will.” ~ Brendon Burchard, The Motivation Manifesto
  7. “Choices may be unbelievably hard but they’re never impossible. To say you have no choice is to release yourself from responsibility and that’s not how a person with integrity acts.” ~ Patrick Ness, Monsters of Men
  8. “The spirit of a man is constructed out of his choices.” ~ Irvin D. Yalom, When Nietzsche Wept
  9. “If you limit your choice only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is a compromise.” ~ Robert Fritz, The Path of Least Resistance
  10. “There are two paths of which one may choose in the walk of life; one we are born with, and the one we consciously blaze. One is naturally true, while the other is a perceptive illusion. Choose wisely at each fork in the road.” ~ T.F. Hodge, From Within I Rise: Spiritual Triumph Over Death and Conscious Encounters with “The Divine Presence”



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Becky Vollmer

Becky Vollmer is a mom, writer and founder of You Are Not Stuck, a community that reminds the dreamer in all of us that we are lucky to have choices, we just have to be brave enough to make them. Becky became “unstuck” two years ago after trading a nearly 20-year career as a newspaper reporter, political strategist and PR executive for a life (mostly) in yoga pants. When she’s not writing, you’ll find Becky teaching yoga (she is certified E-RYT 500 by Yoga Alliance) in her hometown of St. Louis, Mo., where she lives with her two energetic young daughters, insanely patient husband and by the motto: No BS, just love. Find Becky and You Are Not Stuck on Facebook and online.


15 Responses to “10 Powerful Quotes to Read When We’re Feeling Stuck.”

  1. Yogini54 says:

    There are two paths you can go by – but in the long run, there's still time to change the road you're on. – Led Zeppelin

  2. Neila says:

    Thank you and yes to "Yum Yum Yum" smiling from deep inside to out.

  3. guest says:

    Wow. Here is someone that has never been in the throes of depression. I wish it was that easy.

  4. Rajni Tripathi says:

    <3 this!

  5. Gwen says:

    yes! Take responsibility!

  6. Gen says:

    I think these quotes are filled with a lot of implied white privilege. Or just privilege in general. The privilege of physical health, mental health, wealth, income. I don't find your list of quotes powerful at all.

    • dec2step says:

      I appreciate you referring to physical and mental well-being as a privilege, because they certainly are, Wealth and income can be helpful to anyone trying to move forward as well. I, too have had difficulty just getting off the couch, let alone trying to make a decision to change the course of my life and I am pleased to see you call this out. As for the quotes, I found them very similar, but powerful nonetheless.

    • grant says:

      As someone who has been through very bad depression and suicidal attempts too often, I didnt find these quotes useful at all. I agree, they seem to be for those whom do not suffer such terrible pain. I am ok now, after time and much help.
      These seem like platitudes to me. If someone said anything like this to me when i was suffering, I think i would have killed them!
      I am with Gen.

  7. Guest1 says:

    It's exactly what I needed to hear, to strengthen my determination to keep moving forward!

  8. angelo says:

    Great article. But the video interview at the end was so boring. The question and answer session was dragged out so long it was hard to stay focused.

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  10. divasiren says:

    Why is the other a perceptual illusion?

  11. Forever the Optimist says:

    Come on, Becky. Who do you think you’re fooling? “Guest” wrote his/her comment on March 28, 2015 at 10:14. You’re saying that you thought about the comment and it moved you so much that you wrote a piece about it??? It’s amazing how you went back in time to Dec. 11, 2014 in order to write the piece to which you so courteously provided the link. Either teach me how to time travel or stop insulting people’s intelligence by saying that you were inspired to write a piece in specific response to someone because he/she provided you with such thoughtful fodder that you felt compelled to respond at such length. Using someone’s difficulty and despair to shamelessly promote yourself is pathetic. Be honest with people. Just refer them to your other article without telling them that they were the inspiration for the piece. That would have been perfectly acceptable.

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