I had a call with a coaching client this morning. She was talking about feeling overwhelmed. Too much to do, too little time.

Ever felt that way? Yeah, me too.

It’s rarely reality.

In short, overwhelm comes from feeling like you don’t possess the resources (time, energy) to meet a challenge. 

I’ll ask you the same question I asked my client:

How many times has something been required of you and you’ve shrunk? Withered? Curled up and caved to the demands?

I love asking this question because the typical answer is there is no answer. Most people cannot come up with a time that they’ve had to step up and do something and that something hasn’t gotten done.

You may be able to name a time that you “failed” (or got “feedback,” as I call it), but that’s different. Failing happens from the result of doing something; overwhelm happens because you don’t believe you’re able to do it.

It’s our PERCEPTION of not being able to meet a challenge. Not reality.

We’re capable of much more than we realize.