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Inching out of a rut

Oliver Burkeman tells us how to make lasting transformation in life

the life-tweak

The idea

If you feel stuck – in a job, relationship or in life – it seems you have two options: resign yourself to being unfulfilled, or pluck up the courage to make a fresh start. While the first choice is depressing, the second is scary, and often doesn’t work: you switch employers, cities or partners, yet problems reoccur (you change circumstances, not your psychology). Ambitious plans to ‘transform your life’ can be a trap. Make lasting change by shifting perspective on your situation, then make tiny, concrete changes that eventually snowball. One day, you’ll realise you’re out of your rut.

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About Psychologies

This month, we’re urging you to ‘trust yourself’. Wonderful words but, not especially easy to put into practice. That’s why we’ve dedicated 18 pages in our dossier to discovering how to do exactly that – exploring everything from to how to turn up the volume of our inner wise woman, to looking at the latest research on making the best decisions. And it’s not what you think. Be inspired and get ready to move forward. Plus, how to reinvent your career and 10 of the best budget boltholes.
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