Is this you?
You have a very intense full time job and you’re working to get your new business off the ground.
All you are feeling is overwhelmed and discouraged because you cannot make the business happen as fast as you would like.
Almost all the new life coaches, yoga teachers and healers that I work with come up against feelings of overwhelm more than once in their quest to grow their business. And it’s hard, particularly because their new business is a real passion project.
For example, one person I know has been studying yoga for many years. They find their “day job” exhausting. All they want is to make the switch. They just love teaching yoga. They love the community, the future it holds for them personally and professionally. But they are overwhelmed. Stuck, stuck, stuck. Mud…YUK!
On top of that, like the cherry on the sundae, they are full of guilt because of their ever increasing to do list that’s not getting done.
And let’s add one more item here, they are inundated with a lot of “rah rah” gotta go out there and get it done. “You’re being lazy, or not giving it your all if you don’t do these things I tell you you must do to get success!”
Whew! I’m overwhelmed just relating their story.
And to be frank, I’ve been there too. Plenty of times. Especially the part about listening, studying, and watching all the experts telling me what I “must” do to be successful. I must have a choir of voices in my head all “yelling” at me.
And then, of course, I shut down. Who wouldn’t? It’s a normal response to overwhelm.
So, how to move beyond that state?
As odd as it sounds, overwhelm is less about everything that is going on in your life and more about trying to control everything that is going on in your life.
When you can’t control life, life can feel overwhelming.
Therefore, it isn’t simply about changing your life, it’s really all about letting go of trying to control it.
If you sit back and reflect quietly, you will realize that it is impossible to control life. The universe is expanding, evolving and doing its thing without any input from you.
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When we fight against these forces by demanding certain outcomes, or time lines or any “how it’s supposed to be” demands, we will be struggling with the energies that create worlds. Really? Are we trying to be Super Heroes?
It’s a no win situation.
Plus, your struggles create even more stress. Stress shuts down your thinking brain. And you are left feeling continuously overwhelmed and unable to figure out how to get out of this mess. It’s a vicious cycle.
Bottom line, we try to control things to feel safe.
And so, how can you work on feeling safe without trying to control everything?
- Is it building more faith?
- Is it learning to let go of small things and watching the outcomes.
- Is it all out surrender?
I’m in the surrender camp. I would really like to let the energies that build worlds work through me, not me fighting with them.
It’s a spiritual practice really, learning to let go of control.
Are you up for it?
I hope so.