Recipe to Overcome Overwhelm
Recently, it came to my attention that so many of my friends and family––and clients––often feel overwhelmed with all the responsibilities they shoulder and not just at home but at the office as well. I know I’ve been in that place far often than I’d like to admit.
In looking back at my own life, I realized that overwhelm often occurred when I was trying to be all things to all people. That only created a train wreck. When I was an IT (Informational Technology) executive, I was trying to give everyone else’s gifts––meaning instead of focusing on my own strengths and areas of greatness, I was tapping into skills and tasks best left in the hands of my team. This only caused me to feel overtired, overworked, and overstressed. I just was doing too much and not to my best potential.
To overcome this, I had to come to understand who I really am and identify my greatest contributions. Instead of focusing on all the things that I didn’t do well, I chose to place my awareness on what I was doing well. I then hired team members to fill in the gaps. That energized me, and I actually achieved more results by delegating tasks that weren’t in my area of genius than by plodding along doing it all myself.
While I’m working with my clients, many of whom are overwhelmed and overworked executives, the first order of business is to move them from this place of overwhelm to a place of empowerment. I begin with asking them about a time when they’ve been the best in their life. I have them describe what that felt and looked like. When we’re in overwhelm, which usually triggers fear, we become tunnel-visioned and this restricts our ability to weigh options and find solutions to our challenges. By remembering a time of greatness, our world expands, and we can see a way out that wasn’t available to us when we were locked down in anxiety and worry.
Passion and purpose are engaged when we remember those times when we’re being and doing our best–-in all situations––at home, at work, and at play.
So if fear and overwhelm are ruling your day, I invite you to remember a time when life was joy-filled and meaningful. Let me know what you discover.
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