Overwhelm: bury or drown beneath a huge mass
When is the last time you felt this way? Buried or drowning (figuratively speaking) beneath a huge mass of tasks, projects, actions items, to dos, etc.?
I’ve felt this way…too many times. And you CANNOT Outperform when you’re overwhelmed.
Physiologically speaking, being “buried” or “drowning” immediately puts you into a primitive fight-or-flight survival mode. Sympathetic nervous system engages. Nothing good happens from there.
But there’s a simple remedy:
Get out of your head.
From my experience, and from observing many coaching clients over the years, overwhelm happens because of the PERCEPTION of the huge mass. Not the REALITY of the huge mass.
Am I saying you don’t have a lot of things to do and projects to manage? Not at all.
What I AM saying is the brain is bad at filtering all these demands and making sense of them.
I’ll bet the last time you felt overwhelmed was because you were thinking about the demands, not looking at them.
It’s why getting it out of your head and onto paper (or electronically) is the first step to alleviating overwhelm.
When you do this, I PROMISE the reality will not be as bad as the perception. I’ve seen it hundreds of times.
If this is not the case, we probably need to have a conversation around the difference between “to dos” and “strategic priorities” but that’s a battle we’ll fight another day 🙂
For now, recognize when you’re experiencing overwhelm, get out of your head, and that huge mass will become manageable. And you’ll start to stack a mass of huge wins.