Has your To Do List ever gotten so long
that you had no idea how you were ever going
to get it all done?
And you started to get overwhelmed about
the impossibility of it all?
So that instead of getting anything done,
you just sort of became paralyzed and you
didn’t do anything?
Unless you count being anxious and worried
that you weren’t doing anything?
Break The Paralysis
When I was in graduate school and had a
never-ending list of things that needed to be
done, it was the first time I faced this kind
of overwhelm. And becoming paralyzed and
doing nothing was not an acceptable option.
I had to come up with something that would
break the paralysis. And fast.
The Magic Mantra
I’m going to share with you what I call the
“Magic Mantra,” the phrase I invented to use
when faced with a situation of overwhelm:
“Everything is going to get done,
and I don’t have to know how.
I just have to start with one thing.”
Why It Works
It works because it reassures you
first that everything is going to be okay,
because it’s all going to get done.
It reassures you that you can stop
trying to figure out how you’re going to
get it all done.
That’s a waste of your time and energy.
And it tells you to use your time and
energy to start working on the first
thing that needs to get done.
One Thing At A Time
And, of course, what we all know is that by
tackling one thing at a time, it all gets done.
It just gets done faster if we stop worrying,
start moving, and finish it.
So, what are you waiting for?!
This week in A Year to Change, we are learning how
to stop catastrophizing in the chapter called
Down the Rabbit Hole With Anxiety.
If you do “worst case scenario” thinking until you
scare yourself half to death, this is the chapter for
you! Jump on down the rabbit hole with me and
you’ll find the solution to catastophizing!