Recently, one of my clients came to me noticeably stressed and not in her usual good spirits. As we talked, she mentioned all of the things she had on her to-do list and how she had just been given an enormous new project at work with a very short deadline. Since it had been handed to her, she said she felt like she had just been spinning her wheels. I asked her what her plan was to complete the task. She mentioned a to-do list of action items, but no specific plan to accomplish them. She knew how to accomplish the project, but she was overwhelmed by all of the minute details and the short time frame and had gotten lost without a plan for how to proceed.
Does this sound familiar? If you’re a high-achieving woman, I bet it does! I’ve been in this same spot so many times! We often get caught up in the minutia of our lives and allow ourselves to indulge in the stress of the situation. Indulge, you ask? Yes, indulge.
Stress, worry, shame, fear, and overwhelm are all indulgent emotions. Rather than helping us produce positive results in our lives, these emotions are actually counter-productive. They keep us in the same place, spinning our wheels unable to move forward.
So how do we push past the indulgent emotions and get back into a productive groove? If you have been reading my blog for very long, you are probably anticipating the answer: We have to readjust our thoughts.
As I worked with my client, she discovered that her stress and overwhelm had crept in because she allowed the thoughts to be, “This is too much for me to do! How could they throw all of this extra work on me right now when I’m also dealing with Covid, and my family issues, and all of the other things I have to do in my job!” These thoughts drove her to feeling stress and overwhelm and even a bit of fear that she wouldn’t be able to get it all done.
By the end of our session, she realized that she would rather believe the thought, “They gave me this project because they trust me. They know I always handle whatever task they give me, and they trusted me with a project this important. I am a valuable member of this team, and I’m going to blow their minds with the way I accomplish this task!” She went on her way energized and ready to plan the steps necessary to complete the project.
You have this same power to change your energy in the world. No one wants to carry stress and overwhelm around with them. We choose these feelings and the thoughts that create them because they are familiar, but they are NEVER comfortable!
Examine your thoughts daily and use your power to create positive, productive energy in your life. If you want me to show you how, sign up for a free session with me on the homepage of my website. Until then, much love!