I had five new things to learn, in two days, in order to prepare for a presentation this week. The immediate response from my brain could have been “Yes, it’s perfectly right for you to feel overwhelmed. You have my permission to freak out. You may proceed.” Instead, I chose a different route.
I’ve been working on releasing “overwhelm” over the years through yoga, on again off again meditation practices, more sleep, and as much love and sunshine as I can get. Stress, little fear, and doubt all come with it and can lead us to just quit and to give up not only in that moment, but sometimes on our larger goals and dreams. What I’m learning is that we can absolutely retrain our mind to see things differently. Actually, we can begin to see the situation more realistically…
Reality check: We’re all really bad multitaskers. That’s because multitasking isn’t really a thing. We’re all really just flailing around half doing all things instead fully doing one thing. Or, maybe that’s just me? I don’t think so, but I’ll take one for the team here.
Here are my suggestions based on what I did this week to help me to not only release that overwhelmed feeling, but to show up focused, bright, and ready to rock that presentation:
- Get Still and Breathe. Relax. You’ve got this – – one thing at a time. And, if you don’t, meaning you need help or support, know that you will handle getting that too. Get still. Close your eyes. Breathe. Picture yourself completing just one thing successfully, then the next.
- Remember what matters. Get clear on your purpose. Revisit your “Why?” I’m talking about the “Why?” thats about you, your family, and the people who mean the most to you. This is the”Why?” that falls right in line with your life’s mission. It’s there. Get laser-focused on that before you begin.
- Just start. Pick one thing and begin. When you’re tempted to freak out and head to the next (Remember, multitasking isn’t a thing!), give yourself another 20 minutes. Decide that after that 20 minutes you can switch gears. Take control over your focus. Set a timer if you need.
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