Grooves and ruts are pretty similar. I hear the terms used for music all the time. You get into a groove with a certain song or arrangement and if you had time, the band could sit and play that riff or groove forever.
The word “rut” is also used in music conversations, but mostly when an individual is talking about stagnation in their music. They pick up a guitar and always play the same little lick. “I’m in a rut – play the same thing every time I pick up the guitar.”
Some might say the difference between a groove and a rut is how long you have been in it. There could be some truth to this. The longer you do something, the more it’s hard to make a change.
But, here’s the fine line between them: A groove has momentum. If you are in a groove, you have momentum to think about the next groove and how it could be even better. A rut has no momentum. In a deep rut, you can’t turn either direction – you’ve got to do something drastic – like climb out of it just to be at a starting point.
I’ve also observed grooves to be found as a group – when you have a solid team around you pushing you on. Ruts on the other hand, typically seem to be more individualistic, when you don’t have someone pushing you to new heights.
So, how about you? Rut or Groove? What will it take to get out? Do you feel like you have momentum?