What a great topic. Like Scott, I too, remember being stuck. It was the early 90s, I was living outside of Philadelphia (which I loved), working a part time job at night, and runnning a small vending business at the same time. Divorced and barely paying my bills, things weren't so great. I wasn't what I'd call unhappy, but I was definitely stuck and recognized it. The unsettled feeling I had was myself becoming aware that I hadn't done anything to challenge myself in a long time and was in a rut. My life was ripe for change.
Later that year, Philadelphia began getting ice storms. One after another they came, usually overnight, which meant that my normal routine of leaving the house at 6:00 a.m. to start my vending route became impossible many mornings. The roads were solid ice and completely impassable until about 10:00 a.m. and then at night they'd re-freeeze again. As the month wore on, the storms kept coming, at a rate of about two a week, building a thick layer of clear, beautiful ice on every surface. By the end of January, we had experienced our seventeenth ice storm of the winter and I was going broke. Then I had one of those "moments of clarity" that you hear about.
In an instant, the words, "I'm moving south" came into my head. I hadn't mulled it over, I hadn't considered it carefully, or even given it a passing thought before. It literally came out of nowhere as an "inspired thought", which The Secret refers to. I never questioned it, I just began planning my strategy and for the next twelve months, I worked my plan. I got out of debt, I sold off most of my stuff, I found living arrangements in Atlanta with the one person I knew there, and in February of the following year, debt-free, with a little cash in my bank account and no job to go to when I arrived, I loaded a U-Haul truck and moved south. This move began a whole new chapter in my life. I now know, from reading Jack Canfield's books listening to Earl Nightingale's The Strangest Secret, as well as The Secret, that I was indeed using The Secret back then, I just didn't realize it. I had an inspired thought, I acted on it, and the universe responded with exactly what I needed.
Within four months of moving to Atlanta, I met the man I would later marry. Within two years, I started the business that would become my career and help me discover my purpose. And in the past four years, I've become more self-aware and done more growing and improving than in the last fifteen years. It took a drastic physical change, followed by a mental change to get me unstuck, and it's one of the best things I ever did.