How to Stay Positive When You Feel Like You’re Running Behind in Life

October 25, 2018

Career Advice

It’s easy to compare yourself to others. A VP who’s the same age as you. The startup founder who’s 10 years younger than you. The writer who published a bestselling book one year out of school. A busy  parent who also ran a marathon. The constant comparisons can easily make you question your lifestyle, the decisions you’ve made, and the journey you’ve taken so far.

But there’s no reason to beat yourself up about it. There is no right or wrong timeline in which you are falling behind. There’s no one way to run a career or a life. So instead of stressing out and second-guessing your livelihood, put one of these tips into practice.

  1. Start a journal. Keep track of the progress you’ve made so far. Revisit past wins and successes.
  2. Set goals. Write them down and share them with others. Focus on what will make you happy, not what others will think.
  3. Take inventory. Ruminate over the great things you already have in your life. Be grateful.
  4. Cut back on social media. Stop visiting social media sites that contribute to you feeling badly about yourself.
  5. Get inspired. Instead of being jealous, start learning. Find inspiration in an idol’s career path or the bold steps they took to get where they want to be.
  6.  Keep going. Not where you thought you were going to be? It doesn’t mean it can’t or won’t happen. Don’t give up. Having something to work toward is a wonderful thing.

Image via jayneandd/Flickr.

About Spectrum Brands Careers

Spectrum Brands is a global $5 Billion Consumer Products company headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin. While you may not be familiar with the Spectrum Brands name, there is no doubt you will recognize some of our brands.

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