Feeling Behind in Life? Follow These Five Steps to Start Getting Ahead
Not everyone’s life goes according to plan. What about yours?
Is your life perfectly on track? Or have things taken a different turn–even derailed?
More often than not, we find that our original life plans get disrupted: illness, layoffs, changing interests, and any number of other factors.
When your goals take longer to reach than you expected, you might feel anxious, discouraged, and confused. You wonder when you’ll feel like a “real” adult. You question how long it will take to reach your goals, wonder if your dreams will ever come true.
Fortunately, even when life doesn’t go the way you want, there are ways to make the most of it.
1. Scrap the plan.
Don’t throw away your goals and dreams. Don’t stop paying off debt, or saving for retirement. Don’t stop working for what you want.
But if you set rigid plans that extend years in advance, it will be much more frustrating when those plans are disrupted.
Instead, think about what you can do for the next few weeks or months to reach your long-term goals.
Take one day at a time, stay flexible, and create a Plan B … or even C.
2. Take a break from social media.
Social media can be like a dysfunctional relationship. You might feel like you can’t live without it, and that it does amazing things for your life.
Unfortunately, it also distracts you from the people around you. It can encourage you to compare yourself to everyone else online, thinking their lives are so much better.
As with any other relationship, boundaries are essential. It’s time to put social media in the “friendzone.”
Though it’s a useful tool, social media makes it too easy to compare ourselves to friends, coworkers, and celebrities. When you struggle to get where you want to be in life, the comparisons can be nothing short of soul-crushing.
Limit the amount of time you spend on social media, or how you use it (such as professional networking). Constantly remind yourself that no one’s lives are as perfect as they may seem on Instagram. Everyone has messy or mundane details that they may not share.
3. Nurture relationships.
When you’re struggling to get where you want to be in life, it is easy to isolate yourself. Whether you’re working so hard that you don’t have time to socialize, or you’re feeling depressed and alone, don’t let friendships slide.