I recently went to lunch with a good friend who also happens to be a great business woman. She just got back from a huge business seminar with hundreds of people, tons of information – like drinking from a fire hose. You’ve been there.
She shared with me how overwhelmed she felt, and how she just knows that she’s missed the boat because there are so many things she hasn’t done yet, and how everyone else will pass her up.
She’s lucky she’s got me as a friend, because I very nicely told her to stop being an idiot.
Ok, no, I of course didn’t say that. But I really wanted her to know that everyone gets overwhelmed when bombarded with lots of information all at once. Not to be cynical, but the goal of many of these programs is to overwhelm you – so that you need their next product or service. Now, I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, I’m just saying that’s how some of them are. But (as usual), I digress…
News flash: Thinking that you’re the only one who gets overwhelmed is pure self-sabotage.
Everyone gets overwhelmed – even really smart, hardworking, motivated people. When you tell yourself the lie that everyone else has it figured out, and you’re just the loser oddball – you are just shooting yourself in the foot and stopping your forward momentum.
Now why would we do this to ourselves? Because moving forward means moving into the unknown. It means possibly looking like we’re getting too big for our britches. It means opening ourselves up for criticism. Seriously scary stuff.
Best bet? Focus on the upside. The opportunities for movement, growth, profit, connection, feeling great, reaching higher, inspiring others, helping more people, and rising above the fray. In other words – getting bigger britches!
Keep your attention on the good things ahead, and sabotage and overwhelm don’t stand a chance.