One of the biggest challenges facing CEO’s and entrepreneurs that comes up, again and again, is the experience of being overwhelmed. Some of the most common causes for this are due to the following:
- There is no clear plan of action so there is uncertainty and unfamiliarity of what to do next
- Taking on too many projects, or trying to do too much at one time which inevitably leads to poor progress performance and the ensuing frustration
- Not allocating a realistic time frame for project completion
- Not having systems in place to replicate, automate or scale workflow. This makes the replication of tasks and action steps required to complete projects, difficult or time-consuming or not even possible.
- Being distracted by the latest “bright and shiny” opportunities, features, choices or ideas instead of maintaining the business focus on simplicity and what works
- Not having a clear and effective marketing plan to follow
- Having a business model that is inadequate for achieving the desired results
- There is an issue with cash flow
- Not having the right people doing the right jobs/tasks
- Not having the right tools e.g. software, apps, IT, social media that you need
- The need to be in control and wanting to do it all yourself
- Not delegating or outsourcing tasks and activities where applicable
- Not surrounding yourself with a team of resourceful people that will assist you in making the best decisions and choices for achieving the outcomes you want
- Not having the right mindset or emotional state to deal with issues or challenges that are confronting you
- Not prioritizing tasks based upon their importance for the overall outcome you want
- Working long hours and/or not scheduling time out for yourself for fun, recreation, health and wellness
So what can you do to overcome feeling overwhelmed or stuck at a dead end without a clear solution? Here are 5 strategies that will get you back on track.
1. Stop What You Are Doing And Take A Break
The first thing is to stop what you are currently doing and take a break.
“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them” – Albert Einstein
When feeling overwhelmed or stuck what’s important to realize is that your mindset for solving this as an issue is wrapped up inside the overwhelm itself and not focused on what is possible, what exists beyond overwhelm.
Taking a break for an hour or a couple of hours gives you time to step out of the issue, focus on something else and gain another perspective. You may wish to do an activity that is completely unrelated to business e.g. physical exercise such as doing a work out or going for a walk, spending time with loved ones, watching a documentary, spending time on a hobby or doing something that’s fun and creative.
2. Pinpoint The Cause Of Being Overwhelmed Or Stuck
Once you’ve taken a break to clear your head, now it’s time to zero in on what is causing this experience.
There are only 2 reasons why we feel overwhelmed in the first place.
1. We have an unresourceful belief that is limiting our mindset and keeps us stuck in thinking we can’t do something, or that something is not possible
2. We don’t have a strategy in place to effectively deal with the issue we are currently facing
Now that you are aware that there are only 2 reasons for your being overwhelmed, look at the specific issue that you are facing and decide whether it is because you have a limiting belief about it or that you don’t have a strategy in place to deal with it.
Get a piece of paper and write down your issue and note whether it is a limiting belief or it requires a strategy. If you have several issues make a list of the issues, then rate them as being limiting beliefs or in need of a strategy. (Occasionally it may be both.)