Maybe you don’t realize it.
Maybe you do realize you’re stuck, but you’re unsure of what the next step is.
Maybe you know what the next step should be, but you tell yourself you can’t take it.
Maybe the reason you’re using to tell yourself you can’t take the next step is actually an excuse for not taking any action at all.
Maybe you’re making excuses for staying where you are because you’re still convinced in your mind this is the less risky choice.
Maybe you’re telling yourself that staying where you are is less risky until you reach a certain milestone (30 years and a gold watch, when the kids are grown, when you’re fully vested in your 401K, whatever).
Maybe relying on a milestone to give yourself permission to do what you’ve always wanted to do is actually riskier (what happens if you don’t reach the milestone?), but you won’t know that because you’re unsure of what the next step is.
Maybe you don’t realize it, but . . . You’re stuck.