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Feeling Lost? 26 Quotes to Help You Find Meaning in Life

Feeling Lost? 26 Quotes to Help You Find Meaning in Life

Sometimes, we carry with us an ancient wisdom that has been whispered through generations where we find strength for what we need. Other times, we sense our happiness and sanity have been swept away, and we float rudderless in our space. We wonder if we’re heading in the right direction. We feel the doom rather than the transformation.

During the times when we feel lost, it’s too easy to forget the comfort of good times and wade through the fluff that separates us from the pack. Sounds silly? It’s not.

I often work in leadership and have to test my limits and inspire those I’m leading. One of the quotes I keep in mind by T.S. Elliot is,

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

Knowing how you will perform in a crisis, personally or professionally, can help you get through tough times. I’ve found the people who tend to work best in a crisis or stay calm in stressful times are those who are honest and forthright. Those who aren’t concerned with protecting their ego’s are less likely to come apart in a crisis and weigh risk in creative ways.

Personally, I love pushing to the next level, and am comfortable with risk, but that doesn’t mean I run on auto pilot. I seek inspiration and ways to build my own recipe for success and happiness through information and dreaming big.

We often try to find sense in our lives with logic. Reducing perceived risks by increasing control. The problem with control is you can hold on too tight, narrowing your options and missing the big picture.

Trying to squeeze action out of undefined goals only increases the pressure. Being happy comes from a sense of self and freedom, not a narrow list you’ve locked yourself into.

Sometimes, we need to observe our life in new ways and examine it with a wisdom we doubt we have. Those big successes are done with small incremental actions done every day. It brings clarity, I promise. Who will you choose to be in times of doubt?

I’ve found what works for me and encourage you to find your own inspired path. So, whether you bookmark this page for future motivation changing inspiration or show off powerful inspiring quotes on your t-shirt, coffee mug, key chain and screen saver, these 26 quotes will help break your ‘blah’ and remind you of your true essence.

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We can reconnect with our priorities and take inspiration from both the ancients and modern visionaries with some of my favorite words below. Here to inspire simplicity and truth.

1. “If you are working on something you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you” – Steve Jobs

2. “If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything” – Gordon Eadie

3. “One of the truest tests of integrity is a blunt refusal to be compromised” – Chinua Achebe

4. “The fears we don’t face become our limits.” – Amy Elizabeth

5. “Be who you needed when you were younger.” – Anonymous

6. “We generate fears when we sit. We overcome them by action.” – Dr Henry Link

7. “The intangible represents the real power of the universe. It is the seed of the tangible.” – Bruce Lee

8. “Storms make trees take deeper roots.” – Dolly Parton

9. “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” —Henry Ford

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10. “If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.” —Vincent Van Gogh

11. “Stop acting so small, you are the universe in ecstatic motion.” – Rumi

12. “A tree that is unbending is usually broken.” – Loa Tzu

13. “What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.” —Plutarch

14. “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” —Plato

15. “Your teacher can open the door but you must enter by yourself.” – Chinese proverb

16. “To get lost is to learn the way.” – African Proverb

17. “Don’t be distracted by criticism. Remember the only taste of success some people have is when they take a bite out of you.” – Zig Ziglar

18. “Do you know who you are? Don’t ask. Act. Action will delinate and define you.” – Thomas Jefferson

19. “Give thanks for what you are today and go on fighting for what part of you will be gone tomorrow.” – William Shakespeare

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20. “Sorrow looks back. Worry looks around. Faith looks up.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

21. “One day you will ask me which is more important, my life or yours? I will say mine and you will walk away non knowing that you are my life.” – Kahlil Gibran

22. “You were born to be real, not to be perfect.” – Anonymous

23. “After climbing a great hill, one only finds there are many more hills to climb.” – Nelson Mandela

24. “We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” – Maya Angelou

25. “I wash my hands of those who imagine chattering to be knowledge, silence to be ignorance and affection to be art.” – Kahlil Gibran

26. “Fear is only as deep as the mind allows.” – Japenese Proverb

Many of these quotes have a common core. That is, to take a step back and view yourself in a new way.

Take action and make inspiration a routine. To act creates learning, that gives confidence, that provides direction, which eliminates doubt, and then you do it all over again.

So just do it. Never mind what is.

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Imagine what you want it to be so that your vibration matches your desire. We can’t snap our fingers to instantly change feeling lost, but we can increase our situational awareness with our emotions and places where our lives have or may take an abrupt turn.

We take inspiration from our daily lives in as many individually unique forms as we are different. Inspiration can strike instantly and sporadically or feel like a trickle that slowly grows into a majestic waterfall crashing through with creative energy. That trickle is what will keep you going in dark times.

When you’re in a place where you feel lost and don’t recognize yourself, allow some inner compassion for the person you are right in that moment. According to psychotherapist, Colleen Mullen“When a person acknowledges their feeling of being lost emotionally, they can then attend to it.”

It’s okay to feel the natural consequences of hard times. Feeling lost at times is normal, you are not alone. Adversity is an effect of all of us here creating our space.

You have the power to create your world, one step at a time. You choose how you think. Tune in to how you feel and why.

Remember you have the power to be, have, and do anything you desire. Tough times never last, but tough people do.

See what I did there? Another quote to inspire original thought as it applies to you. It’s been said that if you want to test a man’s character, give him power and you will see his true colors. So keep your inspiration on tap for when you need a reminder of your purpose.

The ‘I will bend but I will not break’ mentality has gotten me through a lot. Believe. Live the uncommon core of you!

Featured photo credit: Daniel Jensen via unsplash.com

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Last Updated on September 24, 2020

Feeling Like a Failure? 10 Simple Things to Help You Rise Again

Feeling Like a Failure? 10 Simple Things to Help You Rise Again

The idea of feeling like a failure grips us at our most vulnerable internal place—our inner sense of self-esteem and self-love. Although intuitively we know that in reaching high, we are guaranteed some degree of failure, when we fall short, that knowledge offers little or no consolation.

When we fail at something, all too often we think globally rather than in temporary terms. We think that we not only failed, but that we are failures. Feelings of unworthiness drag us down, leading to missteps and setbacks, defining us rather than merely offering feedback and educating us with useful information moving forward.

The good news is that we can build on our failures on the road to success.

Even if we know that failure is surmountable, it does not change the way we feel about ourselves when we experience it. Failure can take a toll on our self-esteem and feelings of self-love, diminishing our sense of optimism about our future.

So how can we feel better about ourselves? Below are 10 acts of self-love to try when you are feeling like a failure.

1. Forgive Yourself

The ability to forgive is perhaps the greatest gift we can give to ourselves to help us recover from our regrets and missteps.

Instead of beating yourself up for not knowing what is so obvious now, see yourself as a work in progress and give yourself the gift of forgiveness. You can’t see into the future, so you can’t plan every step to perfection. Give yourself a break and allow room for mistakes.

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Try a loving-kindness meditation to prepare yourself for forgiveness. This will open your heart up to the possibility of accepting your mistakes.

2. Practice Self-Compassion

Self-compassion[1] is perhaps the most important element of self-esteem and resilience. It used to be thought that achievement and success—rising above the norm—was the road to high self-esteem.

However, that road to self-esteem is far too conditional and assures that anyone at or below the norm is not as worthy or special. Self-compassion gives all people—high achievers as well as lower achievers—the assurance that they are worthy of love anyway, with no conditions.

3. Stop Judging Yourself

Suspending the labels you put on yourself is an act of self-love. Instead of calling yourself “a failure,” be more specific and less global[2].

Feeling like a failure? Talk yourself up!

    Feeling like a failure does not have to define you and your worth. Change your self-talk from “I’m a failure” to “I could not get things to work out this time” or “I made some mistakes and will use this experience as stepping stones going forward.” Label the experience for what it is instead of labeling yourself based on one mistake.

    4. Turn Your Failures Into Goals

    Instead of saying “I failed at my marriage,” you can say “I had trouble communicating in my marriage and am learning to communicate better now.”

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    The first statement is anchored in the past that cannot be changed, while the second has an eye to the future and is more empowering of what you can do now. If you can identify what caused your past failures, you can work to develop goals based on those shortcomings.

    5. Give Yourself a Hug

    Instead of letting your inner critic have full reign, how about just giving yourself a hug?

    Science has suggested that hugging increases production of oxytocin, one of the feel-good hormones, which may also help reduce stress and depression[3].

    We all need hugs sometimes—especially from ourselves! If this feels like too much, give yourself a mental hug by writing down five things you like or love about yourself. This will give you the same sense of warmth and acceptance.

    6. Imagine Yourself as a Young Child

    Keep in mind that no one thinks of children as worthless or unworthy of love or happiness. And the truth is that we possess the same worth that we had when we were born.

    Sometimes we need to look behind the scars and wounds to see that preciousness and innate worth is still inside of us.

    Thinking of yourself as a child may also shift your mind and allow you to offer more forgiveness. Try to realize that you are still like that child, growing as you move through life.

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    7. Switch Your Mindset From Victim to Victor

    When you’re feeling like a failure, you see yourself as a victim of the past instead of focusing on your resilience and ability to spring back.

    After all, it’s not how many times we are beaten down and fail that matters. What really matters is how many times we get back up and try again, each time a bit wiser. Try to leave the victim mindset behind[4] and view yourself as a victor after overcoming failures to move on to something bigger and better.

    8. Become More Mindful

    Mindfulness is not just about meditating or breathing deeply and quietly in isolation. Rather, it is staying fully in the present in our daily lives with non-judgmental awareness in whatever you do.

    When you are mindful, you stay rooted in the present instead of looking back at your past missteps or feeling anxious about the future. As the saying goes, “Today is a gift, and that’s why they call it the present.”

    9. Calm Yourself with a Calming Box

    Sometimes we need something tangible to sooth us when we are feeling like a failure. As a therapist, I would sometimes have my clients create a self-soothing box to help them cope in stressful times.

    Using actual objects that serve to distract and self-soothe can provide soothing touchstones.

    A journal, a stress ball, or a polished stone to remind you of your self worth are all examples of things that can be placed inside a calming box and used to soothe you when you’re feeling down.

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    10. Connect With Others

    When people feel like a failure, all too often they isolate themselves, closing themselves up instead of opening up to others, but this is a fast way to damage your mental health.

    Seeking social support is one of the best choices you can make when you feel like a failure. Getting another person’s perspective will help you stop the tunnel vision that distorts your self-view.

    Asking for help and having the courage to open yourself up instead of closing yourself down will pave the way not only for avoiding loneliness, but it will also deepen your connections with others.

    This short TED Talk with Robert Reffkin offers some tips on how to create stronger connections to enhance your life:

    Final Thoughts

    These 10 tips to stop feeling like a failure will serve as a springboard for a resilient and full life. Instead of focusing on the failure that comes with falling short, be proud that you dared to pursue your dreams with courage and enthusiasm.

    We must stop thinking in all-or-nothing, global ways, so that our mistakes and failures become stepping stones for success rather than millstones around our neck.

    Use failures to help you move closer and closer to success.

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