(Principles are basic truths that, when applied, cause success to come to you easier and quicker.)


To be in overwhelm is neither pleasant nor useful. But what can you do about it?

First, know that overwhelm is event-driven, thus for most people it only shows up periodically. Still, when you’re in it, you’re in it. What are the attributes of overwhelm for you? What can you do or not do? What are your options? More importantly, how do you feel? Only when you can be fully aware of and embrace what’s going on when you’re in the throes of overwhelm can you begin to change it.

Next, become aware of what has happened to drive you into overwhelm. Too many activities at once? ‘In over your head’ in something you aren’t up to? Afraid of a possible outcome? When you start to look at what has caused you to get into overwhelm in the past, you’ll begin to see repeating patterns.

Finally, notice how you have gotten out of overwhelm before. Is there a common behavior? Do you start doing something? Or stop doing something? Or do you just have to let some time pass and let the feeling fade?

When you have clarity from these three phases of the overwhelm experience you can begin to implement changes to lessen your time in it. Until finally you never live the uselessness of being in overwhelm again.


Coaching Point: Can you use these steps to assist someone else from being trapped by overwhelm?


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