In business, you take risks and enter the realm of uncertainty and overwhelm all the time. You learn how to create something from nothing.
It feels uncomfortable.
Even when you’re working on things you want to do, like hiring staff for growth or building new products, you’re asking your brain to create new neural pathways.
The primitive part of your brain wants to keep you “safe” by signaling danger when you do something new.
It tries to slow you down and the tool it uses is overwhelm.
Overwhelm acts like a magnet, prompting your brain to look for all the other examples of overwhelming things in your life.
Like all the expenses, the deadlines, the decisions, the things you have to do, the things that can go wrong.
All that’s really happening is you’ve reached the threshold of what you’ve handled before.
Whenever you’re feeling overwhelm, it means you’re imagining negative outcomes and thinking about what you don’t want.
Like not getting it all done, not doing it right, looking foolish, or losing control.
None of these thoughts have ever once helped you reach a goal.
Don’t let them have space in your brain.
Overwhelm happens when you’re making new neural pathways. Embrace it.
Intentionally encourage your brain to relax and open more space for solutions and less for problems.
Keep your brain busy answering these questions instead:
1. How can I…?
2. What am I learning?
3. What result do I want?
4. What would the best version of me do?
Overwhelm is optional. It comes from your thoughts.
And that’s something you can control.