I had an interesting conversation with a lady who we will call Stacey. It went a bit like this:
I feel overwhelmed,” she said.
I asked “So why are you feeling that way?
She said “I’m getting more clients, the cashflow is better now and I’m excited about a new large contract (her largest contract to date) but I just feel like there is still so much to do and I just feel overwhelmed.
I hear this a lot.
So what exactly is the feeling of overwhelm?
The dictionary defines overwhelm as to feel overcome completely in mind or feeling.
This can have some adverse emotional, physical or even psychological impact if not managed properly.
So what happens when people feel overwhelmed? They quit! Most people quit right when they shouldn’t. Feeling overwhelmed is a very common response when we are faced with many possibilities or options- good or bad. Too much of a good thing also causes some people to feel overwhelmed. They get soo confused that they do nothing.
Remember the last time you went shopping for a computer? How many options were you presented with and how did you feel? If you are not a techie person, the choice of IT equipment can scare you off making that purchase. You could go back home empty handed.
Stacey’s business has turned the corner with some new ideas we’ve been working on. She has been doing a lot of work to get it where it is now but now she needs staying power to gain the full benefit of her hardwork.
She can do this by working on her inner game, a term coined by Tim Gallwey the world renowned sports performance coach. According to Tim Gallwey, the inner game keeps us taking action by quieting the mind (the overwhelm) so that we can focus on doing our best work.
“Every game is composed of two parts, an outer game and an inner game.” The former is played against opponents, and is filled with lots of contradictory advice; the latter is played not against, but within the mind of the player, and its principal obstacles are self-doubt and anxiety.” Tim Gallwey.
Which brings the expression, you are your own worst enemy to mind.
How do you deal with the overwhelm in practice?
When you start to feel overwhelmed, doubt yourself or feel anxious, then according to Tim Gallwey, its time to focus on just the activities that will give you the result that you need. So in working on your business, just focus on the next small step you need to take to get you that little bit closer to your goal.
The idea of mastering your psychology is not new. Sometimes its all that is holding you back from achieving your goals. Another reason why some great talented and gifted people can remain poor despite doing all the “right” things.
So next time you feel overwhelmed, remember that it’s definitely not the time to give up or quit. With the right mental attitude, a bit more automation, delegation and support in place to lessen the work load, this is the time to keep at it.
You are not alone. This period comes for everybody. It doesn’t matter whether you are earning good income from your buisnes or not. There is a point where you can start to question what you are doing and start to doubt yourself even when all evidence points to the fact that you need to keep the momentum going and you are doing great.
To grow your business, you need to be constantly focused on further understanding who you are trying to sell to, creating packages that resonate with them, finding the right IT to deliver your business and building relationships with prospects, clients and partners – this takes time and can be overwhelming for a lot of people. The myths surrounding our ability to multitask don’t help with the overwhelm either.
But it need not be so if you work on your inner game as well as implementing all the wonderful ideas.
Here is what eliminating overwhelm can do for business.
In my interviews with successful entrepreneurs, Stephanie Hale was able to turn her life, career and business around because she decided to take one thing, one approach, one tool and focus on it till she knew exactly what she was doing before moving on to the next thing. She chose events to promote her business and book. She is constantly working on improving her mindset and staying positive despite all the challenges she faces. She is doing incredibly well with that approach.
She made £460k plus in 3 days with her last event. Yep!
It was the same for Ian Brodie, Lauren Fisher, Heather Townsend and many of the other successful entrepreneurs , I’m interviewing here.
There are a lot of tools, solutions, advice, mentors, coaches out there. To stop the overwhelm, pick one purpose you have in mind and bring all these tools, mentors and advice to bear on achieving this one goal.
So, here is what you can do next:
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