Entrepreneurs are responsible for everything from strategic financing to paper clips. Moving from the abstract ideas to the specific details and back again is a skill that not every entrepreneur has developed yet.
For me when I worked for someone else, I was responsible for specific staff, specific deliverables, and specific reporting. There were whole departments who handled HR, Finances, Technology, and Legal. They were just concepts to me. When I needed to know more, I didn’t need to know much more than whom to call and ask. This was an important part of how I could focus on what I was paid to do and do it really well.
As an entrepreneur, that all changed. You and I, both, are responsible for all of these ‘concepts’ in a much more concrete way.
So suddenly, it was my job not only care about the things I loved to do and was good at, but also to consider how that fit into the overall strategic plan, what assistance I would need from other professionals, namely HR, Finances, IT, Legal, and on and on.
I experienced that sense of overwhelm almost immediately. I was missing something. It was such a relief to find the solution.
Overwhelm happens when you get stuck in the abstract.
You might be in Overwhelm if:
- There is so much to worry about but nothing is actually being accomplished
- You often don’t know where to start
- Fear is a companion as you find your mind wandering to worst case scenarios
We call this a ‘Chunk Up’ problem.
When a person gets stuck in the abstract and can’t find the path down to anything actionable a slow spin starts, making it more difficult to find anything tangible to hold onto. Without a solution this can lead to increasing levels of stress, sleep deprivations, and left unchecked – bankruptcy.
Good news, once you know exactly how the problem is constructed, we can design the best solution.
Solution to Overwhelm
Putting a stop to overwhelm is all about getting grounded in reality. 3 easy steps to snap you out of overwhelm:
- Get a grip: Grab a cup of your favourite beverage, a pen, a pad of paper, and take three deep breaths to create a centre of calmness to work from.
- Brainstorm: Write down all of the things in your business that feels out of your reach. Notice how large the items on your list are – sales, marketing, social media – all these things are very large chunks of your business.
- Chunk Down: Select one at a time and ask yourself ‘What specifically needs to happen to start moving forward?’ Ask the question over and over until you have a tangible action list that you can complete.
Once you are grounded, that feeling of overwhelm will leave and your right-thinking mind will wake up to help you pull a plan of action together. Make this process your go-to process. . . every time.
To your magnificence