When you come to a point of feeling lost in life, it gets pretty discouraging.
As soon as you start to evaluate your life and notice things aren't exactly how you wanted them to be, it makes you question where you're going in life.
Whether it's from a lack of achievements, being stuck in a dead-end job, or comparing yourself to everyone on Facebook who seems to have their lives together.
There are so many ways we begin to wonder if we're doing enough.
When you feel discouraged and lost in life, you can also fall into a rut where you feel stuck and confused.
Because to get out of this feeling means you have to make a change. And change is pretty terrifying. Finding a new career path requires going back to school and spending money on more classes.
Breaking off a toxic relationship means dealing with being single and having to date again. Taking time off to travel and figure your life out requires money which you may or may not have.
These are just excuses we make up in our heads about why we shouldn't make a change. Even though right now is uncomfortable, it's better than completely starting over, right?
The truth is the only way to break out of this feeling of feeling lost in life is to have the courage to make a change that puts you on the path you want to be on.
It might be uncomfortable at first, and you might want to avoid change, but once you start going after the things you want your future will become clearer.
6 Things To Do When You Feel Lost in Life
Try these activities to find yourself and create a future that inspires you again.
1. Make a list of things you’d like to SEE in your lifetime.
One of the reasons you feel lost is that you don’t have anything to look forward to. You can change that quickly by making a list of all the things you’d like to see in your lifetime. Here are a few ideas to stimulate your thinking.
- The Great Wall of China
- An opera in Italy
- The Grand Canyon
- The birth of a litter of puppies
- Old Faithful
- Mars through a high-quality telescope
- A Rolling Stones concert
Make your own list and don’t be bashful. Now pick one thing you can do in the next six months. If your list is too extravagant, and six months is an impossible timeline, think harder and add more items to your list.
2. Make a list of things you’d like to DO in your lifetime.
When you're writing down all of the things you want to do in your life, let go of any limits you feel. Think as though anything is possible.
Let your mind wander for a little bit and listen to what your heart truly wants. Chances are you've ignored what you really want for a while now.
You may have overlooked a desire or dream because of it's price tag, or for some other self-limiting beliefs. But if you want something and are willing to work to make it happen, the money always has a way of reaching you. If you've ever told yourself “this would never be possible”, write down that thing. And start striving to make that thing possible.
It's time to start changing the way you think about these things, so you can fill your life up with more of the things you love.
3. Revisit your old goals.
You had a lot of plans when you were a kid. Like becoming a cowboy or an astronaut or raising llamas. Your plans became more realistic as you aged, but you still had plans that interested you.
Perhaps you can rekindle some of that enthusiasm by revisiting those plans from the past.
Think about why you abandoned those plans. Maybe the reasons you changed your mind are no longer valid. Maybe they were never valid in the first place.
If they weren't valid, think about setting new goals for yourself.
- Listen to this HerPaperRoute podcast episode about setting and achieving big gig goals.
4. Realize that your feelings aren’t unusual.
Your current mental state is quite common. How many people make the right choices consistently?
Nearly every adult wishes they could go back and choose a different career. This includes doctors, lawyers, and successful business owners.
Mistakes pile up over the years, and in your mind, the grass is always greener somewhere else. This is all a part of the human experience. The next part of your experience is working through it.
5. Remember you have a lot of control over your situation.
It’s easy to feel hopeless, but you have a lot of choices available to you. It’s a matter of being brave enough to choose the best one and run with it.
Even if you can't see any options for you in this very moment, that is entirely in your head. There are thousands of different career paths to choose from.
And there's other fish in the sea. You have the power to change your life, to start working out, eating healthier, loving harder, being happier.
Although you may have heard some of these things over 10 times, it's all about how you choose to react to it. You could swear off dating for the rest of your life and give up on relationships. You could also choose to stay at a job you hate.
These are all your own choices. You are creating your life, and just how you chose your current situation, you have the power to choose a new life for yourself.
- Use these 8 powerful mindset hacks that will change your life.
- You may be doing better than you think are, too. Read this to find out.
6. Challenge your limiting beliefs.
There are plenty of things you want to do, you just don’t think you can do them.
You might believe that you’re too old, need more education, lack the necessary finances, and the list goes on. Look at your limiting beliefs and work through them.
Why You Feel Lost in Life & What to Do About It – Conclusion
Feeling lost is synonymous with lacking direction. Finding a new direction for your life is the key to stop feeling lost.
Find a few things you’d like to do and see this year. Plan a future that you find interesting and exciting. Once your mood is lifted, you’ll see the world with new eyes and be able to find new opportunities that excite you.
Remember, there is affordable online counseling available to you at all times, whenever you need to talk to someone.
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