It seems that every blog or article I read is banging on about what goals we have set for 2016.
For some of us, (well, speaking for myself), survival seemed to be the top of my goals list. As inadequate as that sounds, 2016 kicked off & well to be frank - I kinda felt like I'd lost my mojo.
Do you ever feel like this? Overwhelmed? Flat?
Where you don’t know how you will possibly get through all the stuff that needs to get done? Where you don’t even know where to start?
Perhaps where you feel so overwhelmed that the slightest decision (let alone goal setting) seems impossible to make! Where your brain feels so overloaded (chunked up) that it's screaming,
“No more! give me a break!”
As you may remember, over four months ago, our life encountered a little hiccup - a house fire that led to us being homeless & consequently having to rebuild (the entire house!). In that time, Christmas + NY came & went. My daily battle with insurers & solicitors, came & went. Even our annual family overseas holiday, came & went.
When I ventured back to “work” after my extended break, instead of feeling refreshed, I was in a state of overwhelm.
It wasn't a whinge moment, more of an “oh! sh@t! moment”, “How the hell am I going to get through this next 6 months?... living out of suitcases and try to run a business and run a family and not want to kill each other?”
After my little pity party for one (tears & meltdown), I realised I needed to moved into ‘action’ mode. I had to concentrate on completing one little step at a time.
If you are ever stuck in overwhelm, here are a few tips that really helped me:
1. Quit comparing yourself with others
Live your own life, run your own business, build your own career, do what you need to do at that time in your world. Comparing ourselves just leads to unhappiness & more overwhelm.
2. Ask for help!
Simply put, we would not have survived this last four months unless we asked for help - from friends, family & work colleagues. The power of the human spirit is incredible, we just gotta be vulnerable enough to ask.
3. Break it down: complete one small action at a time
Quit trying to do everything, the brain doesn't like it. Prioristise & be prepared to put some things to the side (like this blog for me) in order to work on what’s important & urgent to allow the space in your brain to make the decisions that matter.
4. The power of progress to boost motivation
Once we started to make progress with the house, living arrangements & work, it’s amazing how motivating that is & we all quickly got our mojo back.
What really matters for you to focus on right now?
What do you need to let go of (in the interim) to make it happen?
What’s one small action you can take to get closer to what you want?
Watch out! 2016 is going to be an amazing year!
Bring it on!
> THIS BLOG WAS ORIGINALLY SENT OUT AS A NEWSLETTER ON 19TH FEBURARY 2016
BLYTHE ROWE & Her Life on Heels.
The founder & director of Human Incite, is widely recognised for her passion, energy and her ability to shake things up. Blythe is brilliant at revving-up productivity & performance in organisations. Her passion made her to be an advocate in creating sustainable behavioural changes & creating meaningful relationships both personally and professionally with her most recent Keynote Science of Connection. Her enthusiasm simply is infectious.