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7 Reasons Why Feeling Lost Can Lead You To Life Success

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Are you feeling lost? Frazzled? Like you have no idea where your life is going or what you want to do with your life? Don’t despair. Feeling lost might be the best possible thing to experience right now.

When you are lost, you can explore your options, get to know yourself, and learn more about what your next steps should be. It’s a time to take stock of your surroundings and reassess the decisions you have made to get to this point.

Here are 7 reasons why feeling lost can be the best thing to happen to you:

1. Feeling lost makes you stop and assess the situation

If you’re going along in life and things seem to be going okay, you might stay in a job you don’t love. You might stay with a partner you aren’t in love with. You might avoid new experiences and challenges because they’re not worth the risk. When you feel lost, none of those things hold you back anymore.

You can really stop and assess every aspect of your life and rebuild it from the ground up. You can take notice of things that you previously brushed under the metaphorical carpet. You have to take ownership for who you are and how you got there. But the great news is that you can also take ownership of where you go from here forward.

“I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process.” – Vincent Van Gogh

2. Failure and loss are important for your growth

You’ve surely heard the expression “without the rain, there would be no rainbow.” In other words, you would never notice the good things if you didn’t also experience the bad things. Well guess what? Failure and feeling lost are in the “bad things” category.

But that doesn’t mean they are inherently bad. These experiences shape who you are. They lead you to discover parts of yourself you would have otherwise never known about. They are important things to go through. So, embrace them!

 

3. You have time to explore options you may have ignored

When you feel lost and alone, it’s a wonderful time to try new things. Have you always wanted to take an aerial yoga class? Have you ever wondered if you could make a living as a chef? Why not give it a shot?
Have you always had an itch to travel? Book a flight! This time when you’re spinning and trying to find your center is the perfect time to have fun and see if you find anything that sparks new joy in your life.

 

4. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain

When you feel like you’re sitting at the bottom of your life pit, it’s time to grab a rope and climb out. This is what feeling lost is like. If you feel that your life is spinning out of control or that you’re not heading in the right direction, you have nothing to lose by changing your path. And you just might find the path to your success!

 

5. You can get to know yourself and what you really want

This is a great time in your life to get to know yourself. You can do this through meditation, prayer, journaling, hiking, counseling, or just spending some time with yourself. Some people like to dine alone or go to the movies solo. This time you spend getting to know yourself might lead you to discover new goals or things you’d like to pursue.

 

6. You can volunteer your time and energy

When you feel lost, you might want to come home at the end of the day and watch TV. But a better alternative is to use your free time to help others. When you volunteer, you don’t just improve the lives of others, but you also make a lasting change in your own life.

You learn the value of your time and your energy. Volunteering is also a great way to network and meet people who could lead you down a new path. If you have a particular interest that you volunteer for, it might lead to a career with that organization.

 

7. You can embrace the freedom

When you don’t know which direction to move, sometimes it’s best to stop worrying about it so much, throw up your hands, and embrace the unknown! This time is really yours to explore, learn, try, travel, and just be. You can blaze your own path. Right now, that path might not lead anywhere special; it might be a path in a circle.x

But the lessons you learn along the way will become a part of you. They’ll guide you to new opportunities. They’ll inspire you to get involved with new people or organizations. They will lead you to success!

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” – Viktor E. Frankl

Hopefully, you’ve learned that feeling lost is sometimes the first step on the path toward your biggest successes. This notion that you are lost, and therefore you should be sad or helpless, is wrong. Take this time to reassess every area of your life.

Break free of your comfort zone, try new things, meet new people, and welcome the listlessness. These are the moments when you can find your joy and discover the path to success.

So, what will you do next? What great adventure is waiting for you on the other side of the fear? Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below!

Julie Petersen is a content marketing specialist, a private language tutor and an author of essay writing services reviews at AskPetersen blog. Contact Julie through her LinkedIn.

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  1. Roberto

    Feb 7, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    Great article!
    I’m feeling a little lost, actually, quite lost, really.
    I stumbled upon your article and said “what the heck? Why not?” You gave me an ounce of enlightenment, which really feels like a ton, frankly. Anyway, thank you so much Julie for your inspiring wisdom. Also, thank you for your time: )

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It’s pretty annoying isn’t it? All those great and accomplished people telling you that FAILURE is a necessity on your way to success. Yeah, that’s easy for them to say; they’re already ‘on the other side’! You on the other hand, are still struggling all day everyday to get your business lifted off the ground and are really not that sure if you’re indeed going to make it.

There’s that little voice in your head that keeps telling you that you don’t have the stuff to make it all happen. Not now and not ever. You feel like a failure…it’s holding you back and you don’t know how to deal with it. Well you could do yourself a favor and start dealing with it by doing the following things:

1. Stop Denying You Feel Like A Failure

Telling yourself things are going great when they’re not is one of the biggest, though most useless, coping mechanisms human beings deploy in rough times. Common denial signals among entrepreneurs: trying to regain more control by working even more hours and on the other side compensating this by letting go of all this control by partying and drinking way too hard.

What you’re doing is denying yourself the opportunity to actually feel what’s going on and acknowledge the problem; that both you and your business are in a bad place. Without acknowledging it, it’ll be pretty difficult to actually STOP feeling it. And remember, just because you feel like a failure, this does not mean that you indeed ARE a failure!

2. Stop Making It Bigger Than it Really Is

This is one of those other ‘fun’ things human beings do; we blow things way out of proportion in our heads! In business, when you lose that big client you’ve been working on for weeks, it feels like it’s the end of the world. You start doubting yourself, your strategy, your entire business model right up to the point where you barely sleep because you’re working on pivoting the whole thing.

But what if that customer simply didn’t have the money to go for your service anyway? Or what if they just decided to go for someone who is cheaper but who offers less quality? Does that mean there’s something wrong with YOU? Or that this was the ONLY customer out there and that you’re now doomed forever?

Of course not, it simply means that THIS CUSTOMER wasn’t a match. It’s a bit like dating actually…So if you take this into consideration, could it be that you just feel like a failure instead of really not succeeding in that what you want to at this point in time?

3. Stop Thinking You’re The Only One Who Feels Like This

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Well, here’s the truth: you ARE special! But…it’s just not very likely that you’re one of those – very very rare – entrepreneurial superstars that – seemingly – just added some hot water and got instant business success as a result.

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Entrepreneurs are stubborn…almost by default. It’s what makes them push forward in the hardest of times. But…if you’re not doing the right things right you might just be hammering a square peg through a round hole. Which will only add to that frustrated feeling you’re already having. So why not stop being so stubborn for a moment, stop hammering away on that what obviously is not working and ask for help?

No matter who you ask – a business mentor or coach, a befriended entrepreneur – someone with a neutral perspective on you and our business will be very likely to see what’s going on with a lot more clarity than you can and can guide you to a place that will feel a whole lot more comfortable.

6. Stop Being Afraid Of Failure

I know, I know, you’ve heard this a million times before and you wouldn’t be in this pickle if you could do this. Right? I’m right there with ya!

But, if you get really rational about it, what’s the worst that could happen?

  • You might have to get a ‘real’ job for a while and start over on the side;
  • You might not be able to afford your rent anymore…but with Airbnb on the 1 hand and couchsurfing on the other, you should be able to work it out somehow;
  • You’ll have all the more experience to start over a whole lot faster;
  • You’ll be no less respected by anyone because it’s clear you gave it your all;
  • In a few years, when you’re an established and supersuccessful entrepreneur you’ll also have a cool failure story to tell;
  • None of your limbs will fall off;

Now that’s not too bad for a plan B is it? Failure is such a negative word. And the associated feeling is terrible and numbing. But really…how is giving it your all and not succeeding really the same as failing? Shouldn’t the definition of failure not be along the lines of ‘not even trying’ or ‘giving up when it gets hard’?

In other words: stop beating yourself up over this!

There’s really no need to feel like a failure at all because you’re sticking your neck out, you’re trying to make a difference and you’re still moving upward on that treacherous entrepreneurial mountain.

And that…is what success REALLY is.

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Quotes To Live By:

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy

“If you don’t try at anything, you can’t fail… it takes back bone to lead the life you want” – Richard Yates

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison

“We are all failures – at least the best of us are.” – J.M. Barrie

“Success is stumbling form failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm” – Winston Churchill

“Don’t let success go to your head and failure to your heart” – Will Smith

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