It’s OK to Feel Lost

It's Really OK to Feel Lost

“Getting lost is not fatal. Almost every time it will take you to a new world.” – Julien Smith

Let’s settle this right from the start… It’s OK to feel lost. It’s OK to feel uncertain, to not know, to wonder what if and to feel the need to grasp for answers.

While this may seem like crazy talk, if you’re willing to accept this way of thinking, there are a few hurdles that you’ll need to overcome.

It’s common that the biggest thing people fear is the unknown. This fear is what causes people to “play it safe,” or “never rock the boat.” It’s also the reason why individuals settle for someone else’s dream and will sacrifice their passion for what feels safe.

Have you ever tried to get lost on purpose?

As an avid explorer, one of the things that I frequently do when visiting a new city is try to get lost. I jump in a car and drive. I take roads that I’ve never driven on, ride through neighborhoods that are completely foreign to me and soak in everything I hear and see.

This simple drive to explore has allowed me to experience things I never whould have experienced if I just stuck to the guidebook.

For others, this willingness to feel lost and explore have caused:

  1. a journalist to become monk
  2. homemakers to become teachers
  3. actors to become politicians
  4. families to pick up residence and move to another part of the world
  5. factory workers to become entrepreneurs

The common theme that this type of thinking is rooted in is the willingness push yourself beyond what you’ve known or experienced. It’s a gamble that the new world is more appealing then the status quo as life as usual.

Opportunities don’t just happen and ideas aren’t birthed in the hospital called, “the norm.” What you discover is that opportunities show up in uncommon places and ideas are recognized in newly found rooms.

If this sounds like something that you’re open to explore, give the “next steps” a shot.

Next Steps
If you’re willing to step out and risk getting lost:

  1. Start small – try something new; a new food, a different route etc.
  2. Talk to someone you normally would avoid
  3. Embrace something you fear
  4. Read something you normally wouldn’t read
  5. Explore a city, country, or religion that would push your limits
  6. Go download Julien Smith’s book, “The Flinch.” (eBook)

Can’t wait to hear the results and experiences you’ve encountered by your willingness to travel down a different path.

image credit: 2010 Ryota Kuwakubo, photo: KIOKU Keizo, photo courtesy: NTT Inter Communication Center (ICC).