Feeling Defeated and Lost: 5 Ways to Get Back on Track

“It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get back up.”

Do you ever feel like your inner GPS is not just off but it’s guiding you into the abyss with a sarcastic “good luck”? One moment you are speeding towards Enthusiasmville, only to wind up sitting in the mayor’s office of Indecision City.

One moment, you’re on the verge of setting the world on fire with your brilliance, and the next, you’re staring at the smoking ruins of your latest venture. Maybe it’s an online course that took months to perfect but flopped, or the start-up that never started up. Perhaps a relationship that fizzled out before the real fireworks began or a job opportunity that turned out to be too good to be true.

It’s like one day you’re on fire, chasing dreams like they’re going out of style, and the next, you’re questioning if your dreams were just … delusions of grandeur.

Feeling defeated? Welcome to the intersection of Dreams and Reality Check Avenue. The truth is you might feel like you are the only one in the world this is happening to, but many of us have been there. Feeling lost isn’t a dead end; it’s just the scenic route to finding what really lights your fire.

So, how do you make your way out of this depressing cul-de-sac? Buckle up; it’s about to get real.

1. Revisit Your ‘Why’

Hit the brakes and ask yourself, “Why did I embark on this journey in the first place?” Dig past the layers of ambition, beyond the allure of success, to the raw, beating heart of your passion. Sometimes, reconnecting with that initial spark is all it takes to reignite the flames and see through the smoke of a setback. “Oh hello passion, long time no see!”

2. Try New Things

Feeling boxed in by failure? It’s time to break down the walls. Experimentation isn’t just for scientists; it’s the entrepreneur’s, the lover’s, and the dreamer’s bread and butter. Swipe right on something out of your comfort zone. Your next big hit—or love story—might just be an awkward first attempt away.

3. Set Mini-Goals

Overwhelmed by the big picture? Break it down. Set laughably attainable goals to rebuild your confidence. It’s about creating a breadcrumb trail of success, no matter how tiny the crumbs. It’s like tricking yourself into being productive. Sneaky, but effective.  

4. Seek Inspiration

Running on empty? Talk to people who inspire you, listen to a podcast that lights a fire in your belly, or simply watch a sunset and let nature do its thing. Inspiration is everywhere—you just need to be open to it. Inspiration is the universe’s way of whispering, “Keep going. You got this.”

5. Embrace the Detour

Feeling defeated and lost at times in your life is just a part of the entrepreneurial package, the relationship journey, and the career adventure. These detours aren’t roadblocks; they’re scenic routes to self-discovery. Each setback, each defeat, carves out a part of you, honing you into a more resilient, insightful, and passionate individual.

Getting lost or being defeated isn’t a curse; it’s an invitation to explore, to learn, and to ultimately find your way by exploring paths you never knew existed.

So, when the course tanks, when the relationship ends, or when the job turns sour, remember: it’s not the end. It’s the universe challenging you to find a new way—to rediscover, reinvent, and reignite. Embrace the chaos, the uncertainty, and the beauty of getting unlost. After all, sometimes you need to get lost to truly find your way.


Remember, YOU GOT THIS!



Jasmine Rice is a Transformational Life Coach, NLP Practitioner, Best-selling author, and Founder of Good Things Are Gonna Come, LLC. With a passion for empowering others, she has dedicated her career to helping people shift their mindset, navigate and thrive during life’s complex transitions. Through her integrated coaching business and supportive community, she equips individuals with the tools they need to transform their lives and take control after periods of transition.

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