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What To Do When You Feel Lost

by edinburghtherapyservice
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Feeling lost

Experiencing moments of feeling lost is a common aspect of the human journey; it’s something most of us encounter at some point. During these times, emotions such as fear, hopelessness, and anxiety may wash over you. The unsettling feeling of not knowing your direction can be disconcerting, as our brains tend to resist uncertainty. When immersed in the experience of being lost, uncertainty becomes the prevailing atmosphere. However, feeling confused is a natural and acceptable experience.

When confronted with this sense of being lost, it often triggers mental paralysis, a state where our brains fervently attempt to think their way out of the predicament. Have you found yourself caught in a loop of incessant thoughts, trying to decipher why you’re lost, evaluating your available options, or meticulously analysing these options in pursuit of the optimal choice?

This introspective phase may lead to extensive hours spent scouring the internet for solutions, seeking reassurance from loved ones, or succumbing to procrastination, paralyzed by the daunting prospect of not having a clear path forward.

Herein lies the challenge: the more we think, the more we doubt. The persistent effort to figure things out highlights the feeling of being lost, creating a self-perpetuating cycle. What if the very act of seeking clarity is the root of the problem?

Taking action: the only way out of feeling lost

Feeling lost indicates that we’ve arrived at a moment in life marked by uncertainty. To navigate this uncertainty, the key lies in actively taking steps forward, taking action. Even if the chosen path doesn’t align perfectly with your needs, the act of trying provides invaluable insights. Recognizing that a particular approach didn’t yield the expected results allows you to pivot, attempting the next course of action and the subsequent ones until you discover what resonates with you.

To navigate this process successfully, one must be willing to take a blind step. The acquisition of information about the right option is contingent on actively engaging in various possibilities. The essence lies in movement, in taking tangible steps toward understanding and progress.

Now, you might be pondering the initial choice and wondering, “Which option should I try first?” The truth is, the specific option you choose matters less than the act of choosing itself. Every path you embark on becomes a source of information, propelling you closer to discovering the best option for your unique journey. Risk-taking becomes an inherent part of this exploration.

In reality, you are confronted with two choices: Firstly, the option to remain inert, entangled in contemplation and the endeavour to decipher things, paralyzed by fear. Alternatively, the second option entails embracing risk, selecting any path (whatever, doesn’t matter), and boldly moving forward, irrespective of the lingering fear. The decision lies in your hands. What option will you choose?

Now, your brain may attempt to persuade you that engaging in mental gymnastics, tirelessly trying to figure things out, can provide a semblance of control. However, this is merely an illusion. You cannot discern the right option for you without actively trying, and without embarking on a tangible course of action. Presently, your information is inherently limited, and this is the extent of what you can know without taking concrete steps. It’s essential not to be deceived by the illusion concocted by your brain. The only genuine pathway to understanding and clarity is through decisive action. Keep in mind, there’s no such thing as choosing the wrong option. Every choice becomes a stepping stone, providing valuable knowledge and bringing you closer to your desired destination.

Advancing as a value

Opting to take action, embracing risk, and choosing to move forward instead of remaining paralyzed in the same place reflects a commitment to the value of advancement. Placing importance on progression fosters ongoing personal development, prompting you to venture beyond your comfort zone and cultivate resilience. Moreover, adopting advancement as a core value can instil a profound sense of purpose and direction in life. Despite the uncertainty regarding whether the chosen path is the perfect one, the continual forward momentum creates a sense of knowing where you’re headed. This perpetual movement provides a compelling reason to strive for something beyond the status quo.


In summary, when facing the question of what to do in moments of feeling lost, the answer is to take action. Initiating any form of action or step, no matter how small, becomes the conduit for the information needed to progress beyond the state of being lost and move closer to discovering the right answer.

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