Outthinking Obstacles Ep 01: Overwhelm

How can we become effective and powerful if we're caught in constant overwhelm? I've been there - many times - and this is manageable in just a few simple steps.


  • Make a list of everything swirling around in your mind.

    It sounds simple and it is. It's also very effective. Go ahead and write every single thing down that's on your plate.

  • Commit to conquering the highest priority item.

    Choose the most important task, and start there. Instead of doing a little bit of a lot of things, your momentum and confidence will build as soon as you complete one task.

  • Be mindful of what you say "YES" to.

    Do you say yes to every single opportunity that you have that comes your way? Don't do that! Instead be more selective and always keep in mind the big picture of where you are going.

We can control our monkey minds {that feeling over overwhelm} by choosing to focus and conquer just one task.Kymberlee

In this series, we are going to look at how we can outthink our obstacles. Obstacles are all around us, and it's just part of the game as a speaker. We are all going to experience challenges again and again and again in all kinds of different forms, and they all have something in common. In many cases, they all come from an emotion. I feel this. I feel that. {Note: For excellent advice on handling emotions, watch Dr. Joan Rosenberg's TEDx Talk here.

What we're going to do is unpack common types of obstacles one at a time and look at what we can do to get on the other side of them.

The first one that I want to look at is overwhelm. Overwhelm is a feeling that I have to do this, and I have to return that call, and I have to write this script, and I have to rehearse, and I have to do all of these things, and I have no idea where to start. What do we do? I've found that one of the best techniques is simple, make a list. Make a list of every single thing that you have that's on your mind that you think you need to accomplish. Write every single thing down. You may think that you have 200 different things and all these things I need to do, and when you make a list, it's only seven. That's it. It's seven things. It's not as bad as you think it is.

Then, once you have your list, pick one, just one, the most important one, the one that if you complete this one thing it can make a huge difference for your business, or a huge difference for that next talk you're going to give. It is the most important one. Do that first.

Then, think about the things that you say yes to going forward. Do you say yes to every single opportunity that you have that comes your way? I would recommend to be a little more selective. Think about the path that you're on. Who do you want to be in your industry? In order to be on that path, when you say yes to something, is that in line with who you want to become, or is it a little bit of a tangent? Once you know the lane that you're going for and that road that you are on, it makes it so much more easy to make those decisions, whether something gets a yes or gets a no. That keeps everything much more streamlined. Sure, you may have overwhelm even with the few things that you say yes to, but then you can always just go back to your list, pick the most important thing, and start there.

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