Do you remember what it was like to be a kid? You’d wake up every morning bright and early to get ready for school. You’d excitedly meet up with your friends to play on the playground during recess. You’d spend your evening playing with the neighborhood kids until it was dinner time.
Now decades later, it’s hard to even drag yourself out of bed. The one reason you go to the office is that it’s the only way that you can get your bills paid on time. You feel lost and as if your life is missing direction.“Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.” – ― Zig Ziglar Click To Tweet
Why Your Life is Missing Direction
There’s a good chance that your mind and heart were full of hopes and dreams at some point. Maybe you wanted to be a doctor one day, get married to your high school sweetheart, or buy your own house by the time you reached 30. Then, something changed.
Perhaps you lost your entire savings account when the stock market crashed. Maybe the love of your life decided they wanted to start seeing other people. Or it’s possible that your mother passed away suddenly from cancer.
Everything you thought you knew changed and you didn’t know how to cope. Now you don’t know who you are or where you’re going.
How to Know If You’re Missing Direction
When your life is missing direction, it feels as if you’re lost. You may begin to lose motivation to do the things you once loved. Or maybe you feel absolutely nothing and feel an overwhelming sense of numbness.“If you have no good drive in you, your life will not be steered through a good direction. It will miss its destined station. Passion or drive is what moves the vehicle of a fulfilled life.” ― Israelmore Ayivor Click To Tweet
Here are some thoughts you may have if you’re missing direction in life.
- You don’t know what you want in life, but you know it’s not this.
- You don’t feel strong emotions, whether positive or negative.
- You rarely follow through with the things you say you’ll do.
- It's difficult to differentiate one day from the next and every day feels the same.
Though these thoughts may be new to you, they’re completely normal parts of life. In fact, most of us feel these things at least once in our lives.
Finding Direction in Life
Though feeling lost is “normal” in life, that doesn’t mean that it’s the end-all-be-all. There are some things that you can do to help yourself find direction, even if it’s not what you ever envisioned for yourself.
Some Ways you can Find Direction in Life
Do something you love. Maybe it’s not the hobby you had as a child or even the hobby you had last year, but there’s probably something that you really enjoy doing, it brings you great joy just thinking about it. Whatever it is, make sure it’s healthy and uplifting to your spirit. It just may give you purpose.
Allow Yourself to Feel
No matter what caused your loss of direction, it impacted you greatly inside. It’s important that you bring your feelings to light, work through them, and then overcome them in a healthy way.It's not Motivation you Lack, it's Direction. — Victoria Parham, Life Coach Click To Tweet
Readjust your Path
Just because you didn’t end up where you thought you’d end up in life, that doesn’t mean that you’ll never be successful. Think about both long-term and short-term goals in your life and what it would take to reach them.
Most importantly, don’t be too hard on yourself and give yourself the time to heal. Rome wasn’t built in a day and your new direction in life is in the works. Give it time.
Losing direction in life can be scary, especially if you’re normally a motivated person. If you find that your loss of direction is causing severe mental and emotional impact, it’s best that you seek the help of a therapist or a doctor. You may actually be suffering from depression.
Affirmation – I feel secure with the direction of my life
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