When you are growing your business, you not only have to do the daily tasks and take actions that will create the results you want, you have to FIGURE OUT what those tasks and actions are in the first place!
Day after day, we have strategies to create for marketing, sales to choose from, outreach to do, calls to make, material to create, clients to service… the list goes on and on.
It’s not unusual to end up completely and utterly overwhelmed.
And what can often happen is that we get so overwhelmed, we stop in our tracks and get nothing done, only to feel even more overwhelmed!
There is a way, however, to break the paralyzing spell of overwhelm.
Overwhelm feels different than being too busy, or tired from over doing it, or frustrated by the difficulty of a task.
It usually feels more like, “I can’t handle this!” “Everything is spinning out of control, and I don’t know what to do!” “It’s going to crush me!”
The reason for that is because overwhelm is often part of the discomfort you feel when you are playing a bigger game than you are used to, have taken on a larger commitment, or are up-leveled in some other way.
And what is outside of your comfort zone? Discomfort!! When you look at it this way, feeling overwhelmed is a natural effect of stepping into a bigger world and reaching for the next level. It is not because you are weak, incapable, lazy, or cowardly. In fact, quite the opposite. People who remain safely in their comfort zone where everything is safe, rarely feel overwhelmed. Once you accept this and shift your thinking, ask yourself some empowering questions: “Is this the game I really want to play and at this level? Do I feel excited and energized by the commitments I’ve made?” Give yourself complete permission to allow the possibility of either a yes or no answer being just fine. Explore this with NO judgment and NO shame. If the answer is “YES! I truly want to be doing this,” then it’s time to get some extra help, hire a coach or trainer, re-arrange your schedule, employ some time-management techniques or anything else that will assist you in learning new skills and expanding your zone of mastery into this new territory. And if the answer is a resounding “NO! I am not thriving doing this (or doing it this way)," then you can always adjust your plan or renegotiate your commitments. You are the creative force in your life. You get to decide.
Submitted by Barb Wade, a Business Coach & Mentor specializing in teaching entrepreneurs how to make more money more easily while enjoying a business and lifestyle that reflects their priorities.
Download Barb's "Word-for-Word Scripts to Overcome Objections" now atwww.BarbWade.com.
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