Are you feeling overwhelmed? I know that only this week I felt completely overwhelmed and not sure what to do next. And the feeling of being overwhelmed does not seem to go away with age or experience. It’s always right there, bubbling up as new problems and situations present themselves. And it appears that I am not alone.
Bobb Biehl, a friend, mentor, and a guy that just happens to also be a world-renowned expert in leadership, shared a few thoughts with me as to how he works himself out of the “pit.” I pass these helpful tips along because feeling overwhelmed is unavoidable, but knowing how to dig yourself out of the “pit” faster next time is where the wisdom and growth truly resides. Here is an abridged version of what he shared:
1. STOP … recognize it … admit it, “What am I feeling? Overwhelmed!”
2. ASK … “Am I tired?” … Vince Lombardi said, “Fatigue makes cowards of us all.”
* Fatigue turns us introspective and negative
3. UPDATE / CREATE my “Life Milestones List”
* Remembering past accomplishment brings a sense of deep encouragement
4. SHIFT my focus from “What I lack to what I have”
* Moving from negative to positive
5. UPDATE / CREATE my Visual Perspective Chart to re-focus my thinking
* Visual Perspective Chart … a sheet of paper with an icon of you in the center and all of the pieces swirling around in your head somewhere on the sheet. This gives you a visual picture of all of the pieces of the puzzle you are trying to put back together!
6. STOP comparing myself to any other human being on planet earth
* I never want to compare and start feeling superior or inferior!
7. REMEMBER heaven … it puts all of this life’s pressures / priorities in perspective!
Now, you and I both have a process to help us find our balance faster next time, especially when there is no one around to help “dig us out”!
Thanks for the help, Bobb Biehl.
You can find more information on this and other topics on his website