Do you often get stuck in the muddy shores of overwhelm?
Does your "too much to do" frenzy meter go off way too often and halt or slow your progress to create your dreams? Ahhhhhhhh!
Overwhelm is so common amongst business owners and entrepreneurs because, YES let's face it, there is always an endless to do list.
We never really get it ALL done. There is always MORE that we could be doing.
So how can we keep calm and centred as we go about our to-do list rather than spinning in overwhelm?
This issue of overwhelm is one that I dived deeply into recently with a few business mentoring clients and I'd love the share the insights that have helped them move past it, as great examples of how overwhelm can be seen for what it really is.
Here are some things you can begin today to start moving beyond overwhelm.
MY 5 Step Overwhelm Antidote!
STEP 1 - STOP - As soon as you notice that you are flapping and circling in overwhelm please STOP. Your productivity and potency will be at half mast so don't try and push through... stop and change the energy that you are approaching your tasks with.
STEP 2 - LIST - It's an oldie but a goodie... just write down all the things you need to get done and it is out of your head and on paper. Put them in order of priority and your mind can see what it needs to do clearly instead just feeling the weight of it. If writing the list helps you to calm down instantly GREAT begin ticking off the tasks one at a time... but if not... it's time to move deeper.
STEP 3 - INVESTIGATE - This step is required to break the overwhelm pattern always returning. We need to investigate what lies underneath overwhelm. Overwhelm is often simply an alarm bell for some deeper issue that is arising. Until we see what the deeper issue is, we will always be fighting it.
The best way to investigate what lies beneath overwhelm is to ask ourselves, "What do I really need right now?" and "What do I fear in moving forward?".
When I investigated this with some of my coaching clients recently... this is what they discovered...
One client realised that his overwhelm pattern always surfaced when he was not feeling valued and appreciated in his work. So he created the old overwhelm pattern to halt his progress to express the underlying resistance to moving forward. The inner voice was saying.. "I'm not doing anymore until I feel appreciated". Over-worked and undervalued!
Another client realised that overwhelm came up every time her emotional needs wanted attention. She was not really overwhelmed by the to-do list but by the build up emotions that hadn't been expressed. The inner voice was saying.. "I'm not doing anymore until my own feelings are heard".
STEP 4 - ADDRESS THE DEEPER NEED FIRST - When the deeper need is addressed the overwhelm dissolves (or at least reduces) and the to-do list is much easier to complete.
So using the 2 examples above, when the first client stopped and appreciated himself by writing lists of all the things he had done well and appreciated what he had already achieved, a whole wave of energy and motivation arose to complete the to do list. He could then have a super productive week feeling appreciated and valued.
When the second client took some time out to tune in and express her emotions, she realised that the tasks on her list made her feel exposed and vulnerable. So she spent some time clearing out some old childhood fears about being seen first, then had a huge productivity burst and got huge amounts complete once her deeper emotional needs were met.
Beneath the overwhelm is often a belief draining the life out of moving forward... when addressed.. there is a natural flow to move forward with ease.
STEP 5 - BEFRIEND OVERWHELM - As you can see from the examples above, overwhelm is a wise master in disguise. It always brings with it a deeper truth and a powerful invitation to investigate if we have the courage to look within.
Next time you feel the squeeze of overwhelm, have the courage to peel back the surface and see what message overwhelm has for you and soon enough your productivity will skyrocket!
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