In the journey to finding happiness or finding yourself, it can be frustrating to feel like you’re not getting anywhere and you’re not seeing results from all the work you’re putting in. Here’s what to do when you’re not seeing results.
What to Do When You’re Not Seeing Results
There’s usually two reasons why something isn’t working:
– Either you’re doing the wrong thing
– Or, you haven’t been doing it for long enough
The hard part is telling the difference. 😃 When it comes to overcoming depression, there are lots of things out there to try that you’ll probably hear from many different sources – exercise, diet, gratitude, forgive, think positively, etc. If you keep hearing similar advice about something and you know that it’s worked successfully for other people, then it might be worthwhile to try.
But, what do you do when you’re trying what someone else said works but it isn’t working for you? Think about how you feel about it. If someone claimed that exercise changed their whole life, but the idea of running every morning makes you want to hide under the covers, then it’s much better to find a strategy for improving your life that 1. you like and 2. you can stick with long term.
A lot of the results you’ll see aren’t from doing something once and then never again – it comes from consistent, daily action. Boring, right? But that’s the whole secret to getting results: consistent action over a long period of time. If you’re having trouble being consistent with something, is it something you like doing? Is there another way to reach your ultimate goal that sounds better to you?
There are usually many, many different paths to a potential goal, so you don’t have to feel like you’re stuck with one prescribed method of doing something that worked for other people when it’s not working for you. You are allowed to try different things, experiment, and see what works for you.
“If the wind will not serve, take to the oars.” –Latin Proverb
If you’ve been thinking positively for months and you still feel awful, try something else. But if your daily meditation practice makes you feel a little bit better – even if you aren’t as far along as you thought you’d be – keep at it. Progress is progress, no matter how small.