Back in 2011, I wrote a post called Does it Feel Like Everyone is Moving Forward – Except You? To date, it’s my most popular post on this blog.
This post has allowed me to understand something important about how people feel about this particular topic.
They feel they are being left behind.
Have you ever felt this way or are you feeling like this at the moment? I can relate. It’s a tough feeling.
Let’s look at ways we can overcome feeling left behind.
Understand it’s just a feeling
Whilst I’m not implying that we should ignore our feelings, we need to acknowledge that our feelings are not always the truth.
Just because we feel we are being left behind, doesn’t mean that we actually are.
Often we take on a feeling and process it as if it is a fact.
Re-frame your wording
Some serious re-framing needs to be done on this wording. Think of the words themselves. LEFT BEHIND.
Left implies abandonment of some kind and behind conjures up thoughts of being inferior in some way. Hardly two words that are going to make you feel great!
Let’s get our re-framing hat on. Depending on your situation you might come up with a variety of different ways of expressing your feelings.
You could be doing your own thing, working at your own pace, doing what’s right for you, shaping your future, working out what you want to do next, taking some time to work out what you want or trying something different.
I realize this exercise might sound a little cheesy but the language that you use is extremely important.
Try putting a more positive spin on your wording and see if that helps you feel better.
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