As we’re living such busy lives, having the ability to cope with overwhelm, without losing focus, is a distinct advantage.
It doesn’t take much for us to start feeling overwhelmed because we have to deal with many things in our personal and professional lives.
Things That Can Cause Overwhelm
Whenever we feel overwhelmed, it means certain things are happening or playing out for us. Some of these include:
Lack of clarity on what’s most important now.
No clear criteria for managing priorities.
Having more things to do than we have time available to do them.
Not having the confidence or competence to do something.
Failing to set boundaries with others.
The Costs of Overwhelm
Even though feeling overwhelmed is self-generated, it’s not a pleasant experience to have. The costs of overwhelm include:
Emotional turmoil which can cause irritability, frustration or anger.
Failing to meet deadlines.
Not being able to focus well which can cause poor quality work.
Having low confidence and motivation to get things done.
Losing self-trust and trust with others.
Being able to cope with overwhelm means we’ll still complete things without losing focus.
In an ideal situation, being able to replace a bad habit with a good habit should be easy to do.
As our habits are ingrained in us, to change them will require discipline and commitment.
If we want to know if we have bad habits we need to replace, we should review our present results. If we aren’t happy with our present results, chances are we have habits that aren’t serving us.
As awareness is the first step to making any lasting change, we must recognise the habits not serving us. When we notice the habits we’d like to replace, we have to learn how to make new habits stick.
The Costs of Failing to Replace a Bad Habit
It’s one thing to know we have a bad habit; it’s another thing to continue on with it. If we choose not to replace a bad habit with a good habit, it will:
Affect our self-confidence and self-esteem.
Cause us to trust ourselves less.
Affect others we associate with regularly or who depend on us.
Lead to other costs either physically, financially or emotionally.
Slow our progress towards what we want.
To improve continuously, we have to replace our bad habits with good habits.
If we want to perform better continuously and achieve more, getting things done before deadlines is a useful habit.
Some people thrive in meeting deadlines. Others may find leaving things until the last minute can be stressful or overwhelming.
It’s important we have a better understanding of which strategy works better for us and continue to improve.
As I’ve continued to become more productive, I’ve found that getting things done before deadlines works better for me. Whenever I leave things right until the end, I find I’m not as effective.
It also affects the quality of my work because it usually isn’t to the standard I’d like it to be.
I once had a colleague who liked to leave things until the last minute because deadlines motivated her. There was a noticeable change in her physiology when she had to complete something by a certain date and time.
It’s not uncommon to go through periods where you may feel you need to reignite your love for life.
We’ve all been there. Circumstances and our daily experiences can cause us to feel deflated, mentally drained and have low levels of motivation.
Things That Can Cause You to Lose Your Passion for Life
Sometimes when we feel whenever we take a step forward, things happen that causes us to take two steps back.
Common things that can cause us to lose our passion for life includes:
Doing the same things over and over, with no variety or novelty.
Not having clearly defined goals.
Not taking care of ourselves mentally, emotionally and physically.
Being tired and frustrated with our current reality.
Not having nurturing or inspiring relationships.
Being under pressure or stress to make ends meet.
Having things that can help us
rekindle our passion and love for life is highly beneficial.
Knowing how to protect our confidence, especially after a painful experience, is vital if we want to achieve meaningful things.
Confidence is developed over a long period, but it can be
destroyed very quickly. An event or experience we deem to be a failure can be the catalyst that affects our confidence.
Even though failures are learning experiences, they can still be painful.
Things That Can Affect Your Confidence
There are many things that can affect our confidence negatively. Examples can include:
Suffering an injury and not believing we can get back to how we were before the injury.
Experiencing a financial loss because of a decision we made.
Going through the loss or break-up of a personal or professional relationship.
Having an event or venture not go the way we would have liked.
Having someone criticise or discredit us.
There are experiences or events every day that can affect our confidence, therefore we must be able to protect it as best as we can.
When things don’t our way or when we go through challenging times, we may believe life is difficult.
Challenges times can include:
Facing a health issue, either personally or by someone close to us.
The loss of a friend or loved one.
Relationship struggles, either personal or professional.
Pressure working at a job or running a business.
Financial difficulties that may generate additional stress.
The Dangers of Believing Life is Difficult
Unless we have a
healthy mindset or attitude, holding onto the belief life is difficult can cause:
Reduced motivation to do the things required to move forward in life.
Lower self-confidence or willingness to take new risks.
Emotions of sadness, unease, anxiety, frustration and overwhelm.
Feeling mentally, emotionally and physically exhausted.
Additional strain on relationships.
Our experience of life often comes down to our beliefs, the choices we make and the actions we take daily.
Going through challenging times will be something we’ll all experience in our lives. It’s helpful to have reminders or truths we can refer back to, that can get us through those challenging times.
Learning how to use frustration as fuel for more motivation is a mindset that can be developed.
It’s not uncommon for us to have experiences regularly that cause us to get frustrated. If we don’t turn our frustration into more motivation, it may affect our progress towards our objectives.
Since we generate motivation from within, we have to ensure we’re doing all we can to
have a healthy mindset. Things That Trigger Frustration
Whenever we feel frustrated, it means there is a gap between what we’re experiencing and what we want.
Common things that can cause frustration are:
Being unable to do something we want to.
Having an experience we deem to be unpleasant or annoying.
Not having something go the way we expect it to.
By using frustration as
fuel for more motivation or inspiration, we can continue making progress and accomplish what we want.
Doing less to become more productive sounds appealing, but it also goes against most productivity concepts.
One definition of being productive is the ability to do more, in less time. The more productive we are, the more we should be able to get done.
The challenge with this concept is that it’s highly unlikely we’ll run out of things to do. As we get more things done, there will be more things we’ll want to get done.
The Costs of Always Doing More
Being in a mindset of always doing more to be productive can be costly because:
We’ll generate more stress because of the pressure to get things done.
It can affect our health and well-being.
It can cause us to work more, to the point of
becoming a workaholic. We won’t have as much time as we’d like for other things in life.
It will affect our ability to stay focused, which will lead to poor performance and results.
There is a more intelligent way to be more productive, while doing less, and still achieving our outcomes.
A new mindset we need to adopt to be more productive by doing less is, “Less but better.”
As we get started with a new year, it’s normal to want to perform better this year than last year.
One decision we can make to elevate our performance this year is to choose to spend more time with other achievers.
As we become like the people we spend most of our time with, find out why being around other achievers can elevate your performance this year
in this post.
Having inspiring and supportive people in our lives will make us better performers. Please
revisit this post and find out things you can do to elevate your performance this year.
Question: What is one action you will take that will support you in being a better performer this year?
The start of a new year is a really good time to set new intentions and aim for big breakthroughs.
While aiming to have big breakthroughs is valuable, we also have to be aware of what can prevent us from having those breakthroughs.
In this post I’ve previously written, find out the
deadly mistakes that will prevent you from having a big breakthrough this year.
You will have the opportunity to learn strategies that will help you make this year your best year yet.
Read all about it here.
Question: What is one big breakthrough you are aiming for this year?