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Powerful Ways To Change Your Life When You Feel Lost, Hopeless, and Stuck

Environmental Psychologist and Wellbeing Consultant

Powerful Ways To Change Your Life When You Feel Lost, Hopeless, and Stuck

Perhaps you’ve found yourself at a point in your life where you just feel stuck, lost, and entirely hopeless.

However, as dark and distant as the horizon might seem – things can and absolutely will get better if you take the right steps towards turning this period of time into one of understanding, changes, and ultimately, personal growth.

Keep reading for five powerful ways to change your life for the better if you’re lost, hopeless, and stuck.

1. Ask The Right Questions

The right questions lead to the right answers. Before you go about making changes, you need to understand exactly what it is that you feel needs changing and why. However, these answers don’t always have to come from yourself.

Often, getting input from our closest and most trusted circle of people is one of the most reliable ways to get the honest truth we need. Here are a few great questions that you can ask them:

So, what can these questions and answers accomplish for you?

Besides some much needed positive reinforcement, they will give you a solid starting direction by highlighting what you’re already good at and giving you a few pointers on what changes could potentially benefit you.

2. Play To Your Strengths And Develop Them Further

While it’s important to focus on working on the negative sides of your personality – many leading life coaches suggest that it’s your strengths that will really allow you to make the changes you need to lead a positive, fulfilling, and happy life.

According to best selling author Marcus Buckingham – “Strengths are not activities you’re good at, they’re activities that strengthen you. A strength is an activity that before you’re doing it, you look forward to doing it; while you’re doing it, time goes by quickly, and you can concentrate; after you’ve done it, it seems to fulfill a need of yours.”

3. Be Honest & Open Up To Yourself

When it comes to leading a rich and fulfilling life, being self-aware and entirely honest with yourself is essential. Study yourself, open up to yourself and ultimately, accept yourself as you are right now.

This allows you to get rid of the mental burden and really pursue your goals with a clear view of the “landscape” at hand. And as such, it’s very liberating.

Being honest with yourself is really a bit like being entirely naked in front of a stranger. You’ll have to accept yourself and every emotion that comes along the way, in all of its entirety, whether you like it or not at the moment.

And once you have a clear picture, it’s much easier to see what actually needs to be changed and worked upon. Especially since what we assume our faults and strengths are often shares very little with the actual truth at hand.

4. Take Responsibility For You

We’re not saying that you should go playing the blame game with yourself, but rather we’re talking about the act of really accepting that things are as they are.

And ultimately, this means taking responsibility for your own life and happiness. Because, after all – it should never lie in anyone else’s hands. You are the one person in the whole world with total control over the degree of happiness that you will experience in your own life.

Neither your friends, significant others, parents, nor anyone else around you can or should be held liable (or hostage) for your happiness or the lack thereof.

And while it’s easy to blame external circumstances as the next factor in line after those close to you – it’s important to understand that the happiness you’ll experience in your life is far more dependent on your personal attitude than external factors at hand.

5. Take Action And Grow

You’ve come clean to yourself, you’ve consulted those close to you, and you’ve pieced together a solid idea of just how you’d like your life to look like alongside what you’ll need to change to get there – fantastic! Now, it’s time to put it all into action.

While a healthy bit of introspection and understanding is critical to being able to really see the picture at hand, it’s alarmingly easy to get stuck in a loop of overanalyzing yourself and your situation, which doesn’t leave enough energy for you to really take action.

At the end of the day, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. And if you’re able to make that first step – you’re already making changes, you’re already improving your life by taking action and investing in your happiness and yourself as a person.

Closing Thoughts

Whether you’re feeling lost and hopeless or simply utterly confused at what comes next – it’s natural to come to the conclusion that you want and maybe even need to change the flow of your life.

However, while it may seem obfuscated and confusing from afar, there are a few key principles that will help you see the entire picture and create effective, deliberate positive changes in your life.

In today’s article, we’ve detailed the five essential ways you can change your life if you feel lost, hopeless, and stuck. Hopefully, some of our advice was able to inspire you and give you a much-needed helping hand in creating positive outcomes in your own life. Best of luck and remember – indomitable positivity wins, always!

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