At times I can feel that my head will explode with all the work I have to do or a massive decision I need to make. I feel overwhelmed, foggy and out of control.
I have now recognised that this happens when I have too much going on, and I am about to take big shifts in my business and in my life. So finally, after years of wishing this feeling would go away, I have learnt to embrace it and solve it. Confident in the knowledge that there is a big shift out there soon.
Let me share with you how I find clarity from a dazed and confused state.
1. Trust that this will pass
One thing I have learnt over the years is that nothing is forever, no matter how Groundhog Day-ish it seems. Trust that this overwhelm and confusion will pass, especially when you give it a nudge. Knowing that something is finite instantly starts to make you feel more in control.
2. Do a brain dump
Our brains are fabulous pieces of equipment but they can sometimes do more harm than good. If your issue is swirling around your head at 2am every morning, robbing you of precious sleep time, then do a brain dump. Simply take a piece of paper or your tablet or computer and firstly, draw two lines down the middle of the page so you have two columns.
Then write down everything that is even remotely connected to the issue that is clouding you on the far left hand column.
This may take 10 minutes or 2 hours. You may wan to leave the list open so you can keep adding to it. Write until there is nothing left to write about.
3. Leave it for a day or so
Rest, leave the list where it is and know that you can revisit it tomorrow. Take a night’s sleep before you do step 4.
4. Rate it
In the middle column rate it from a scale of 1 – 5 how likely it is to happen. With 1 being not at all likely and 5 being ‘hell yes”.
Getting a sense of objectivity about your issues will start to put parameters around them and make them more solvable.
5. Find a solution
In the right hand column, think of a way you can deal with or solve each point your wrote down. It may be that you don’t need to find a solution to those you rated 1 or 2 in the step above. For those bigger issues, maybe you need to get help, or take advice. Do it! Remember a problem shared is a problem solved.
6. Check In
How big is that issue now? You have taken it down to its smallest component and found a solution to each one. Are you feeling clearer?
Do let me know how you get on!