Overwhelm

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are"
– Theodore Roosevelt

We live in an overwhelmed world.  We are bombarded with all sorts of media and messages all day long (they say about 5000 marketing messages a day!) We have multiple roles that we need to fill — spouse, parent, child, bread winner, employee, leader, family member, etc…etc… and the list goes on and on.

No wonder we are overwhelmed.  There is so much noise and so many expectations we try to do it all at once and end up doing nothing very well.

Here is a fact… we can only focus on one thing at a time! I know it feels like we can "multi-task" but the truth is the brain simply can not focus on 2 things at once.  Yet we expect ourselves to!!!

The trap of overwhelm shows up when 2 things happen: 

  1. We try to look at everything at once and so everything seems to get bigger and bigger
  2. We generalize everything and use words that sound specific but actually are not so nothing is really actionable.

When I coach someone in overwhelm we slow the process down so we can speed things up.  We get really specific and break things down.  Further, we create a structure that quiets the mind so it can focus, work efficiently and achieve a productivity that is filled with laughter and peace.

Your choice… overwhelm or laughter and peace? Isn't it time to call?