In our society, progress means action. If you are making changes on the outside, it means you're getting somewhere. That is a huge pressure to have as a way to feel okay in the world.
In reality, it's the inside changes that are real progress. And, from the outside, that can look like absolutely nothing.
It's at those times that really important big changes are happening with us on the inner levels. The important thing here to know is that not even you may yet know what they are, have any conscious awareness of these changes, though eventually you will know them consciously.
During these times, spiritual strength is built. We wait. We allow. We watch.
But the most important "action," if you are in this phase of growth, is to have the highest intentions and to operate in the highest integrity. The unseen small decisions that we make are all about integrity, all about making good choices and will put us on certain paths. The paths we want to choose are paths of opportunity. This means paths of highest potential for highest growth. "Lower" paths are paths where, once again, we are presented with the same old choices, with the hope we'll learn and make better choices this time around.
What are good choices and good intentions? They are thoughts and actions that align with the highest principles: peace, love, joy, creativity, beauty, harmony, etc. They are constructive activities absent of the lower vibrations: hate, resentment, vengeance, jealousy, fear, etc.
If you find yourself in these lower vibrations, as of course, we all do, stop and become aware of them, and right then and there choose to turn it around. If it's difficult, as it often is, ask for help from your divine self. The main thing is that you noted your state of consciousness and that you have intentions for the positive. And with some effort and help from the divine realms, you can move yourself to more positive, constructive thoughts and actions.
So when it looks like nothing is going on in our lives, we are in a phase of building spiritual strength and affecting tremendous, important change. If we can stay with what is, have the intention for the highest good of our being and the being of all, we give ourselves the opportunity to proceed down paths that are optimum for our happiness and spiritual evolution.