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9 powerful things to do when you’re confused about your future

When you’re confused about your future, it’s hard to think of anything else. This confusion can lead to stress, anxiety, self-doubt, and even depression if you let it get the best of you. Below are some things you can do to battle this and regain control over your future.

1. Write Down all of the Options

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A young man writing down his options

One of the best things you can do when you’re feeling confused about your future is to sit down and write out all of your options. By doing this, you can see everything that is available to you and begin to narrow down your choices.

 Not sure what your options are? Take some time to research different career paths or talk to a guidance counselor. Once you have a list of options, you can start to look at the pros and cons of each one and begin to make a decision.

Sometimes we need to get a second opinion from someone we trust. Sometimes we just need some time away from our thoughts so that they become clearer again. If you find yourself in this position often, it might be worth exploring why it’s so hard for you to make decisions about your future.

A confusing moment may lead us to confusion but by recognizing it as such and taking control of the situation by writing down our options we will soon be able to turn around confusion into clarity!

2. Consider Pros and Cons

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Two fingers represent the pros and cons

Making a Pros and Cons list is also a great way to help you when you’re feeling confused about your future. On one side, list all of the positive things that could come from making a certain decision. On the other side, list the potential negative outcomes.

This can help you to weigh your options and make a more informed decision. If you’re still having trouble deciding what path to take, set some boundaries for yourself. For example, if you want to be an actor but need money right now, work in customer service while pursuing acting on the side.

Make sure both goals are realistic and reachable so they won’t cause confusion or stress in your life. Then, if there’s no clear answer available yet – don’t worry! Some people find themselves paralyzed by indecision which can be frustrating and overwhelming.

Know that it’s okay not to know what you want right now; as long as you keep working towards it every day! Every journey begins with a single step and with enough time, dedication, and hard work, you’ll get closer to finding out who you are and what makes you happy. Remember that we always have the power to change our minds. What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.

3. Ask Others for Advice

Now that you’re feeling confused about your future, it’s important to seek advice from others. Talk to your family and friends, and see what they think you should do. You can also reach out to mentors or professionals in your field. Sometimes, it can be helpful to get a second opinion.

For example, if you have been thinking about pursuing one career path but want to follow another one, ask someone who has experience with both of those fields for their input. They might point out something that hadn’t occurred to you before! Plus, asking others is a great way to hear more perspectives on the topic.

Confusion often arises when we feel we are not able to decide between two things – sometimes the only way through this kind of confusion is just time and patience. Give yourself some time and space away from these two options, but don’t push them out of your mind completely – just enough so that you can approach them with fresh eyes.

After some time passes (I recommend at least an hour), make note of how much clearer each option seems now! Choose whichever option seems the most promising at this moment; then continue making deliberate decisions based on new information as it arises in the days ahead.

 4. Try Things out

When you’re feeling confused about your future, it can be helpful to try new things. This can help you gain some clarity about what you want and don’t want in life. Plus, trying new things can be fun and exciting. Try out a new activity or hobby especially when you are feeling bored with the same old hobbies, just Try something new!

Trying a new activity will help clear up your thoughts and give you more ideas for what type of work or school you might like.

 Do not forget to find a mentor when you are trying out something new so you make a huge mistake. Mentors can offer guidance, inspiration, support, and insight into what they’ve been through that might help clarify questions you have about your future.

In your quest to try something new, you may try volunteering, volunteering can teach skills like organization, communication skills, and leadership skills – plus volunteer work is an excellent way to figure out if the career path is right for you. Find other people who are on similar paths to the new thing you are venturing into because having someone else who’s been through the same confusing process as yourself will make everything seem less daunting to you.

 5. Give yourself time

Whenever you feel lost and confused about your future, it’s important to give yourself time. Allow yourself to explore different options and figure out what feels right for you. Sometimes, the best way to find clarity is to simply take a step back and relax. Trust that everything will work out in the end and know that you have the strength to make it through whatever comes your way.

If you don’t feel like there are any concrete steps to take at this point, then all you can do is wait and see where life takes you. Spend some time thinking about who you want to be, what you want to do with your life, and what might make you happy. Go out of your comfort zone and try new things so that when an opportunity presents itself, you’ll know if it’s the right one or not.

While you are giving yourself some time, you can learn from other people’s stories, there are plenty of successful people with amazing stories about how they got to where they are today. Learn from their experiences and apply them to your own life so that you can succeed too.

Try writing down three things that excite you on a piece of paper every day; these could be anything from plans for the future, ideas for something new to pursue, or even just accomplishments from yesterday.

Then, Remind yourself why you’re here because that will helps us be better people and stay positive in difficult times as well as give us more energy and creativity for problem-solving. Sit down with a friend, family member, partner, or loved one who will listen and tell them how much they mean to you — trust me it always helps!

 6. Write down all your Opportunities again

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Man writing down his opportunities

If you’re feeling confused about your future, sit down and make a list of all the opportunities that are available to you. Once you have your list, take some time to research each opportunity and see if it’s something that could be a good fit for you.

If you’re still feeling stuck, talk to someone who has experience in the field or industry you’re interested in and asks for their advice.

Another thing you can do is reach out to your network of family and friends and see if anyone knows of any opportunities that might be a good fit for you. Another great way to sort through this confusion is by making an inventory of what you like to do when you’re not at work.

Find what career would allow you to spend more time doing these things and this may provide clues as to which direction you should go next. Even when everything else fails, remember that it’s okay not knowing where your path will lead because no one does!

 7. Check Your Priorities

One of the things you should do when you’re feeling lost about your future is to check your priorities. What’s important to you? What do you value most? Once you know what your priorities are, it will be easier to make decisions about your future.

 For example, if family and personal health are the two things that matter most to you, then going back to school may not be the best option for you right now. However, if studying abroad would help develop a new skill and challenge yourself more than working at a dead-end job does in the meantime, then going back to school might be worth considering.

 The next time you feel confused about your future, go through this checklist: What am I good at? What am I passionate about? What can I see myself doing in five years? These questions can help you think of options that maybe hadn’t crossed your mind before. Maybe you’ll come up with an idea for a new business venture or maybe you’ll find out that something else is really exciting to you.

 Whatever the case, don’t stop asking questions and also reflect on Past Experiences, another way to get clarity on your future path is by reflecting on past experiences. Think about all of the things that have made you happy over the years and how they differ from one another.

 Maybe one year involved traveling while another was spent volunteering in Haiti with friends. All of these different experiences helped shape who you are today so take some time to reflect on them–what were they like? What did they teach me? How could I replicate them or try something similar again?

 8. Set Realistic Goals

It is very important to set realistic goals because trying to accomplish too much at once will only lead to frustration and disappointment. Sit down and make a list of attainable goals you want to achieve in the short-term, medium-term, and long-term. This will help you focus your efforts and stay on track.

 For example, if you have a goal of running five miles per day, but don’t currently have time for this activity because you are juggling school and work, break it up into manageable parts that can be done over the course of your day.

 For instance: I will go for a run after breakfast or I will go for a quick walk during my lunch break. By breaking up the task, you are able to complete it more easily and less painfully. Once you establish these new habits, they become second nature and will fit seamlessly into your routine.

Cultivate Self-Compassion: in other to set a realistic goal, you have to cultivate self-compassion, and one way to practice self-compassion is by using mindfulness. Mindfulness simply means focusing all of your attention on the present moment and accepting what is happening without judgment.

 If you find yourself criticizing yourself, stop immediately and instead say something kinder about yourself. Remember, we all struggle sometimes so there’s no need to be harsh with ourselves when we do.

Then keep Calm, sometimes anxiety seems to take over our minds – racing thoughts about all the things we have going on in our lives can create quite a bit of stress. Whenever anxiety sets in, try taking deep breaths and closing your eyes for a few minutes until you feel calm again. You’ll be surprised how quickly this takes effect!

 9. Sleep on it

If you can’t make a decision right away, it’s okay to sleep on it. In fact, sleeping on it might be the best thing you can do. When you sleep, your brain is able to process information more efficiently and make connections that you might not have made while you were awake. So if you’re feeling stuck, confused, or just plain unsure about what to do next hit the hay and see if things look any better in the morning. I know this may sound like common sense but too often we underestimate the power of taking a break from our thoughts when we’re overloaded with them.

Asking for help because It’s normal to feel alone and overwhelmed when you’re trying to figure out where life is taking you. Remember, there are people who care about you and want nothing more than for you to be happy; don’t forget to reach out when you need them!

At this time, make sure you write down your feelings because there are times when it feels like all of your thoughts are running together, almost as if they don’t matter because they won’t change anything anyway.

Now let us take a quick look at yet another similar thing you can also do right now to pull yourself out of this state of confusion so that if necessary, re-evaluate whether this is really what you want or need.

-Define your goals.

– Evaluate your current situation.

– Make a list of pros and cons.

– Research your options.

– Get input from others.

– Pray or meditate about it.

Seek out mentors who have done what you want to do before: these people can offer insights into the process that might not be obvious otherwise, as well as tell you if this is something that you’ll enjoy doing long-term.

Ask yourself what makes you happy and fulfilled in life: this may not be the same thing as your career path, but it’s important to consider what does make you happy in order for you to figure out which direction will lead you there! Here are some questions to ask yourself: What motivates me? What would I do every day without getting bored? How much money would I need to live comfortably? Am I willing to sacrifice any other aspects of my life in order to achieve my goal?

The more specific you can get, the better able you’ll be to evaluate your options and choose a suitable one. Keep in mind that sometimes even after all this work, it might still feel like you don’t know what to do. It’s okay – being unsure is part of growing up too! As an adult, there will always be new challenges ahead that we haven’t faced yet – so we should expect periods of confusion too. All we can do is keep working hard and trying our best – just like always!


It is true that the future is always uncertain, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be prepared for whatever comes your way.  And the first step in getting prepared is by asking yourself some critical questions like: What do I want? What do I have now? What am I afraid of? Where will I find support? What are my options? How much time do I have? Who will help me make this decision? Which choice will give me the most flexibility in the future? And so on… By the time you are done asking yourself all these questions, I believe you will surely get some good answers.

Also, read 5 Simple tips to help you get out of the state of confusion

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