Do you have an answer almost before a question has been asked? Is this based on what has worked for you in the past? While it’s great to have a base of knowledge and wisdom, if you are challenged by something new and only use what has worked before, you will likely not find a solution. This is where a mental rut could create frustration, discouragement, and potential failure.
I make it a habit to learn something new pretty much every day. While I don’t have “extra” time, I use my commuting minutes to read an article, listen to a podcast, or open a book and read one page. It may sound insignificant, but I often gain a little insight I can apply to my work, community, or volunteering. Even more, it helps me make my way out of a mental rut – even if only for a moment.