Get Out of Your Rut!

Gary and Mary Young in covered wagon
During pioneer days, covered wagons or “prairie schooners” carved deep ruts across the Midwest. In this blog post, Gary teaches us how to get out of ruts! He and Mary are pictured here on a Young Living wagon train in 2000.

Folks, I think the prairie schooner’s rut we talked about last week is one of the greatest metaphors that we could use as an example. Have you chosen your rut? Every one of us has one from childhood, because we look at our parents as our mentors; and as we’re growing up, we want to be just like our parents, true or false? Not until we get in the teens do we often start saying, “Maybe I don’t want to be like my mother and father.”

I listen to Jacob and Josef and can tell you that all they aspire to be is to be like dad; and every time I hear this, I have to reevaluate myself, my position, and where I’m at in life. Am I being the kind of example I would be proud for the boys to follow? Am I doing the right thing to lead my boys to greatness? That’s my greatest goal. I want both of the boys to be greater than I could ever be. That’s my greatest goal in life, and any parent’s greatest reward should be to see their children rise far beyond where they stopped. So it’s time for self-evaluation.

Coming back to changing your paradigm, how do we do that? It’s really difficult; it’s a challenge. I’ll tell you this, 99 percent of the people in the world live out their lifetime and never change their paradigm. They change some of the feelings about it, they change some of the attitudes about it, and they change some of the behavior about it. But 99 percent of the people in the world never change their paradigm. They change the attitude, the behavior, the feeling from time to time, but they don’t change it.

Why? Because they don’t change themselves. They don’t change who is inside. Most people just want to go along—like in trying to lose weight. “Well, I’ve done this, and this, and this, and it doesn’t work. So this is just my life.” Same thing about their finances: “Well, I’ve been in this company and I’ve been in that company and I had this business and I tried that business and I’ve done sales before—and it just doesn’t work. So my lot in life is to be a poor person for the rest of my life.”

2 thoughts on “Get Out of Your Rut!

  1. Yes, Gary I’d have to agree with you 100% ! I’m stuck in a rut myself (financial bad decisions of past-but being faithful with God’s provision to pay off debts) and in process of digging out. I am reminded of the Bob Proctor’s talk last year at convention and another great motivational speaker John Maxwell. Basically I need to do something everyday towards meeting those goals and dreams I have. I do want to learn more about the wonderful oils and how I can share them with others and earn that residual income that I dare to dream of. I can say I believe your products have given me something to be passionate about sharing and helping others along the process.
    I want to know however, how I can really make the paradigm shift necessary to be successful. I want to be in the 1% and so I continue to look at myself and ask for help from Divine wisdom. They key is to align oneself with others who are successful and full of the integrity and foundation to maintain. Thank you Gary for being the accountable,sensitive leader you are.

  2. I love this… it is so true. WE need to change our perspective, getting out of the rut usually means stepping up higher. I have been away from YL for a while…. but i have never been with out the oils or the passion for them. Right now, i am recovering from a herniated disc that pinched my siatic nerve. The pain was pure agony! I spent 4 days in the hospital, i came home and immediately contacted my Senior Collegue Connie McDanel and told her i wanted to do what ever it takes to make YL a success. The OILS are DEFINATELY helping me in my healing…. and there is no time to waste, not even being layed up…i am doing all i can to make this happen!!!
    I also am planning right now, as well, on how to become a Rain Drop Therapist~in the midst of this major set back… but… i have steped out of the rut… and i can see from a higher view right now! Thanks so much, I value you and your wife’s heart and commitment to YL and its people~
    >>>Now the only question i have to how do i get on the next wagon train??? lol… i love it!!! DeAnna~

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