One of the most common organizing questions I get is “Where do I start”? The short answer is: it doesn’t really matter where you start; what’s important is that you just start. Once you get the ball rolling, the momentum will carry you, because getting started is truly the hardest part.
What gets in the way of getting started?
What may stop you before you even get started is going into ‘overwhelm’. Contrary to popular belief, this is usually caused by how you feel about what you are not doing – rather than how much you have to do. Instead of having to deal with the often intense feelings of actions you are avoiding, your senses ‘shut off’, like a breaker switch. This stops you in your tracks and keeps you stuck.
Overwhelm can also be about too many choices. It can be caused by feelings of loss about what you don’t choose or fear of making the wrong choice.
So how do we overcome this obstacle?
Try tapping into the wisdom of your body. We are taught to ignore our feelings and emotions and just push on with the task at hand. But that doesn’t work because the brain thinks, but the body knows. Rather than trying to avoid your feelings, learn how to experience them.
What we resist, persists.
Take a moment and allow yourself to feel the physical sensations in your body that come up when you are ready to take an action you are resisting. You will not only experience less overwhelm, you will also be practicing staying in the present moment – where there is no self-judgment based on past mistakes and no fear about the future.
The next time you feel yourself going into ‘overwhelm mode’, pay attention to your feelings. Focus on the present moment and remind yourself that you can only do what you are doing right now.
What do you notice when you feel overwhelmed? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below, so we can all learn from each other.