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Overwhelmed? 3 Simple Steps to Get Your Head Above Water

February 10, 2015 | admin

No matter how hard you work, it is never enough.

There’s not enough time, energy, or money. There’s not enough business. Or there’s too much business to keep up.

Most of all, there is not enough of you to go around.

You are drowning – suffocating under never-ending demands that pull you under.

Do you recognize this feeling?

Unfortunately, it is one I know too well.

At times, it has put a burden on my health, productivity, and relationships.

The good news is that through the heartache and exhaustion, I have learned three things that help me kick my way back to the surface every single time.

Perspective

Perspective always comes first. Why? Your perspective controls your emotions. We’ve all heard that what we focus on expands. This is especially true when your emotions get out of balance. You can’t think and panic at the same time.

The good news is that when you gain perspective you can get resourceful. Stop fighting for air. Force yourself to relax and ask yourself perspective-gaining questions like:

Is this really as bad as I think it is? Have I ever had this problem before? Has anyone I know had this problem before? If so, what did they do about it? Is there anything I can read or anyone I can ask who might shed some light on this challenge?

Priorities

Next, identify an action step. In his book, The One Thing, Gary Keller encourages people to prioritize before taking action because all action is not created equal. Keller suggests answering this question: What is the one thing I can do now such that by doing it everything becomes easier or unnecessary?

That question has had an immeasurable impact on my life.

When I feel overwhelmed, I feel powerless. I hate that feeling. This question helps me identify and focus on what I can control.

What is your one thing? What can you take action on right now that will move you forward? Set your priorities so that you can focus your effort.

Persistence

In The Traveler’s Gift, by Andy Andrews, Andy says that we have to make the decision to, “Persist without exception.”

Now, I don’t know about you, but persisting comes easy for me. I’m comfortable with muscling my way through things. But if I am honest, I don’t always persist without exception.

How do you (and I) get the energy to keep going?

It goes back to perspective.

No matter what you are going through, I know one thing. This too shall pass.

So take heart, my friend.

And keep kicking.

The surface is closer than you think.

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