My friend Terri Cole shared this quote with me last week:
“Overwhelm is just a mountain of unmade decisions.”
Mike and I are on a plane flying to Europe for 10 days. And yet, moments ago as we awaited our boarding call, instead of deliciously anticipating the romance of touring London and Paris with the man I love, I was obsessing and stressing in rapid, repetitive succession.
Despite Mike picking me up and twirling me around, telling me that everything was going to be okay, and smothering me with kisses, I just felt freaking OVERWHELMED.
You feel me?
How many times has your stress about everything you have to do, everything you haven’t done — and everything everyone else on your team or in your family is probably not doing but should be doing — taken you away from enjoying the present moment?
I bet it’s a lot of times.
So, the reality is that I’m taking a vacation in the middle of an extremely full time in our business.
We have a BIG event coming up in Portland, Maine, on June 15th with 10+ amazing speakers and 500+ guests.
My book launches in a few months and it’s crunch time for planning and implementing the marketing strategy.
Our team is sprouting faster than I can say “chia,” and that growth requires love, attention, and mentorship from both Mike and myself.
We just moved, are still living out of boxes, and are in the process of hiring someone to help us keep the details of our life and business running smoothly.
About 30 minutes ago whilst awaiting our flight at the beautiful Portland International Jetport, Mike reminded me that our life is probably never going to be not busy.
You know what? He’s right. And his apt statement probably applies to you, too.
How, pray tell, does one do that?
Well, I’ll tell you what I did just now that helped me plant my tush in the present and feel better pretty much immediately.
Instead of feeling frazzled and agitated, I’m now calmly watching the sun set over the friendly skies and listening to Tina Turner sing “What’s Love Got to Do With It?”.
And you know what? I’m getting excited about the trip.
Did I finish everything on my list before getting on the plane? Nope.
Will I ever finish everything on my list? Nope.
Will you? Nope.
Next time your mind is deep in the weeds of the project, the proposal, your marriage, moving, your job, or your life at large, do the 5 steps above and then remember:
Thanks for listening. I feel better. I hope you do too.
Now I’m going to go enjoy Paris and I invite you to go enjoy whatever great thing you’ve got going on. (You know you’ve got something.)
Got any other good ideas for dealing with overwhelm? Write ‘em down in the comments.
P.S. I’m doing a meet-up in London on Saturday, May 25th in Swiss Cottage at 11am. Email us if you want to join in the fun!
***Photo Credit: AlaskaTeacher on Flickr.***
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