The key to leaving behind our self-created and self-limited world is to be found in our willingness to keep going even when it "feels" like something bad is happening to us or that we're going "nowhere fast." The idea of quitting or turning back is the unfortunate option that occurs only when we have an incomplete understanding of any given situation. This is where Higher Knowledge becomes so important for our real inner-progress. When you know in your heart that you must keep going but your feet just aren't getting the message, self-understanding can open and carry you through doors that self-insistence cannot.
Every sustained effort you make to get outside of yourself and to change the kind of human being you are will bring up in you a host of thoughts and feelings that can't wait to point out the negatives as to why this can't be done. We've all heard their whine within. They cry out, "no way," "why try?" "too tough," and on and on it goes. Unexamined, these inner-voices appear to have our best interests in mind, but, if we'll persist in our wish to rise above our self in spite of all this clamoring, these same resistant reactions will be forced to reveal themselves as the hulking giants of fear and despair that they have always been! They are not your friends. In fact, their only appointed task is to see to it that you turn back. These fierce but fake fiends usually accomplish their task by making you believe that you can't go any further with them blocking the way.
When it seems as though there is no way out, the Truth has something better for you to do than feeling trapped. Each time you reach this inner-point of self-uncertainty where you know you must take a step but you also know that you can no longer ask "how," just go ahead and step forward anyway! Step into what appears to be the darkness ahead of you. Nothing bad will happen. In fact, something miraculous will occur right before your eyes. Your decision in favor of this bold new action thrusts you into the Spiritual Now where the actual moment itself teaches you everything you need to know about how to proceed. Moving away from the mental how into the Spiritual Now places you under the guiding influences of an intelligence that never fears the unknown because its very nature is understanding. To your grateful astonishment this New Intelligence does for you what you were certain you could not do for yourself. It solves the dilemma; it finds the Way. All you need to do is follow.
It doesn't matter how reluctantly you take your first step into the Spiritual Now. What does matter is that you take the action. If you will do your part, the Truth will take care of the rest.