Are You Just Spinning Your Wheels or Are You Going Somewhere?

Murray "MJ" Blehart
5 min readApr 20, 2022

Feeling like you’re just spinning your wheels can be frustrating and infuriating.

Just spinning your wheels — or going somewhere?
Photo by Roberto Nickson on Unsplash

Ever have that feeling that you’re in motion, but not going anywhere?

It’s akin to a car being stuck in the mud, on sand, or on ice. Your tires spin and spin and spin — but you don’t move.

Sometimes, you do move — just really, really, slowly. Too slowly to feel like any movement is occurring.

That’s a feeling I think many of us deal with from time to time. Despite all our efforts, the work we do, the energy we put into it — we don’t see any movement.

Is it any wonder that it makes it feel like you’re just spinning your wheels?

I can commiserate. In 2020 and 2021 I published 9 novels total. Beyond those 9 novels, I wrote and published at least 260 blogs each year — more than 520 blogs total. Despite having 1200+ followers on Medium and 11 published novels on Amazon — I am not earning the kind of money I should be.

Despite all the work I put into walking this path of my choosing — it frequently feels like I might just be spinning my wheels.

To assess this properly — applied mindfulness is necessary.

Applied mindfulness for knowledge

Mindfulness is conscious awareness. And that awareness extends both within and without.

Awareness of the world outside yourself is attained via your six senses. But conscious awareness of it — mindfulness — is a matter of focus. It’s super easy to not focus on what’s going on around you. Or more — to focus on things way, way, way outside any control you could have to influence or impact them.

Awareness of yourself within is a matter of connecting your conscious mind to both your subconscious mind and ego. To gain mindfulness of your inner self, you must consciously be aware of your thoughts, feelings, actions, and intentions.

When you are fully present, in the moment, here and now, you are consciously aware. That’s when and how you live from your conscious mind.

The subconscious mind is where your habits, beliefs, values, and the like exist.

Murray "MJ" Blehart

I explore mindfulness, positivity, philosophy, & conscious reality creation. I love to help & inspire. And I also write sci-fi/fantasy.