Admitting You're Lost is The First Step in Taking Action

Jordan Mendiola

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It’s so easy to compare our lives to someone else’s and think that we aren’t going anywhere. 

One of my biggest fears is stagnating and not progressing my life in the direction I want it to go financially, emotionally, and spiritually.

The leading issue when it comes to work is job satisfaction, adequate pay for your lifestyle, and a long-term goal in mind. 

I am really lost right now. I’m doing work that I enjoy, but I’m still feeling like there’s something greater — something more hands-on and fulfilling instead of sitting behind a computer screen for eight hours a day.

If you’re in a similar boat and aren’t sure what your life purpose is, you’ll have a better idea of how to feel and think in these pressing times of self-doubt and uncertainty.

Reaffirm Your Self-Worth

You know how amazing you are. Everyone is an expert at something. We all have strengths as well as weaknesses. 

The best thing to do is double down on our strengths and realize our self-worth. It was really hard for me to take any action when I thought I was a loser and someone who didn’t have anything going for me.

It took convincing myself that I am a badass who has a pretty cool life and tons of energy inside of me ready to be put out into the world. 

What is the legacy you want to leave?

What is the message you want to share with your grandchildren? 

Do some soul-searching by taking the Myers-Briggs personality test to discover your personality traits and read everything it says. 

Recognize That You Can Do Anything

As long as you are focused and motivated to accomplish the goals you’ve set for yourself, your potential has no ceiling. 

People I’ve met in my lifetime have success based on their mindset. The individuals who told me their goals with enthusiasm and energy have a higher level of satisfaction in their life, and some of their dreams become a reality.

It’s the negative self-doubt that is a killer for most people, including myself.

When you’re feeling lost and like nothing is going right, it’s hard to take any action necessary to change it. 

Take care of your mind by watching motivational videos, reading books, and connecting with people you want to be like. 

Stagnate as Little as Possible

“Happiness consists in activity. It is a runnings stream, not a stagnant pool”. 

You feel lost and you’ve admitted it. That’s the hardest thing to do before taking any action.

Now is the time to “burn the boats”, pick something to dedicate yourself to, and go all in without looking back. I got this idea from Tim Denning and it’s improved my life.

If you’re unemployed, you can read books, educate yourself, and come out of it a changed person. If you’re not working your dream job, you can focus on the things you do enjoy in the meantime and find ways to take them to the next level. 

The minute you stop growing and bettering yourself is the moment you stop seeing progress. Moments, when I feel unstoppable and taking great leaps forward, are the times when life feels like anything is possible.

Final Thought 

Hitting rock bottom and feeling lost is progress too. No one’s life is ever going to be a straight trend upwards. It doesn’t work like that.

The adversity you feel when you believe you are lost is just as powerful as someone who discovers their life purpose. Just because you have the answers doesn’t mean everything will go exactly to plan. 

Be easy on yourself, learn some new skills, and avoid stagnation.

Then and only then, will you begin taking meaningful action. It’s so easy to compare our lives to someone else’s and think that we aren’t going anywhere. 

One of my biggest fears is stagnating and not progressing my life in the direction I want it to go financially, emotionally, and spiritually.

The leading issue when it comes to work is job satisfaction, adequate pay for your lifestyle, and a long-term goal in mind. 

I am really lost right now. I’m doing work that I enjoy, but I’m still feeling like there’s something greater — something more hands-on and fulfilling instead of sitting behind a computer screen for eight hours a day.

If you’re in a similar boat and aren’t sure what your life purpose is, you’ll have a better idea of how to feel and think in these pressing times of self-doubt and uncertainty.

Reaffirm Your Self-Worth

You know how amazing you are. Everyone is an expert at something. We all have strengths as well as weaknesses. 

The best thing to do is double down on our strengths and realize our self-worth. It was really hard for me to take any action when I thought I was a loser and someone who didn’t have anything going for me.

It took convincing myself that I am a badass who has a pretty cool life and tons of energy inside of me ready to be put out into the world. 

What is the legacy you want to leave?

What is the message you want to share with your grandchildren? 

Do some soul-searching by taking the Myers-Briggs personality test to discover your personality traits and read everything it says. 

Recognize That You Can Do Anything

As long as you are focused and motivated to accomplish the goals you’ve set for yourself, your potential has no ceiling. 

People I’ve met in my lifetime have success based on their mindset. The individuals who told me their goals with enthusiasm and energy have a higher level of satisfaction in their life, and some of their dreams become a reality.

It’s the negative self-doubt that is a killer for most people, including myself.

When you’re feeling lost and like nothing is going right, it’s hard to take any action necessary to change it. 

Take care of your mind by watching motivational videos, reading books, and connecting with people you want to be like. 

Stagnate as Little as Possible

“Happiness consists in activity. It is a runnings stream, not a stagnant pool”. 

You feel lost and you’ve admitted it. That’s the hardest thing to do before taking any action.

Now is the time to “burn the boats”, pick something to dedicate yourself to, and go all in without looking back. I got this idea from Tim Denning and it’s improved my life.

If you’re unemployed, you can read books, educate yourself, and come out of it a changed person. If you’re not working your dream job, you can focus on the things you do enjoy in the meantime and find ways to take them to the next level. 

The minute you stop growing and bettering yourself is the moment you stop seeing progress. Moments, when I feel unstoppable and taking great leaps forward, are the times when life feels like anything is possible.

Final Thought 

Hitting rock bottom and feeling lost is progress too. No one’s life is ever going to be a straight trend upwards. It doesn’t work like that.

The adversity you feel when you believe you are lost is just as powerful as someone who discovers their life purpose. Just because you have the answers doesn’t mean everything will go exactly to plan. 

Be easy on yourself, learn some new skills, and avoid stagnation.

Then and only then, will you begin taking meaningful action. 

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Creative entrepreneur, U.S. Army Engineer, and dedicated runner. Committed to sharing ideas that lead to more fulfillment in all areas of life. Email: mendiola1829@gmail.com 08.18.20 ?

Chicago, IL
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