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In the past I’ve written about two words that need to be eliminated from the English language. For those of you who may have forgotten or even (heaven forbid) not read that post, the words are but and should.

I now have another word that keeps popping up and I want you to just stop saying it or even thinking about it. That word is overwhelmed.

You’re not overwhelmed….you’re something else.

If you say you’re overwhelmed, you’re saying that you quit. Every time I hear someone say they’re overwhelmed I think to myself this person isn’t really interested in solving their problems. They’re likely interested in having others feel sorry for them.

When you say you’re overwhelmed you’re saying that you don’t have the individual resources to find a way to get out of your way. It’s easier to say “I’m overwhelmed” and believe that the world has done it to you.

Just stop using the word and your life automatically gets better.

If you think you’re overwhelmed, you’re not making good choices.

In my own circumstances it would be easy for me to say that I’m overwhelmed. It would be easy for me to just stay in a stuck place and not move forward.

Instead, I pull out one of my and look at what’s really important for me. Many times after I do this instead of feeling overwhelmed, I find a way to figure out what’s really important and start dropping activities that don’t really get me to a place I want to be.

It’s really easy to think that you’re overwhelmed.

I’ve come to believe that when someone says they’re overwhelmed they often think the solution is they’ll just multi-task their way out of the issue. The sad fact is research shows that you don’t * even though you think you do.

Why don’t you try something new, turn off all of your distractions and do one thing at a time. I’m willing to bet that if you do this, you’ll find that you become much more productive and get a lot more done.

The reason is really pretty simple…….you focus on one thing at a time which is more efficient than trying to do more than one thing at a time.

Being overwhelmed is another way of saying you’re stuck.

Then there are the times that when you feel that you’re overwhelmed you’re really stuck. You might not know what to do next.

This is where having a coach can help. One of the reasons I want a coach in my life and think you should too is to help you understand what options are available when you don’t see any options. Having someone look at your life from the outside is always a good thing. It’s one of the roles that we play here at Stage 2.

Find a way to prioritize and eliminate.

If this sounds like a cry to use a personal management system, it is. If you don’t have a list of what’s most important in front of you at all times, you’re likely letting others set your agenda.

Whether it’s Franklin Covey, Getting Things Done or any other personal management system using a way to focus on what’s important and not do anything else is one of the best ways of getting rid of that dreaded word which we can’t say anymore.

Now that you’ve read this far, why don’t you click here and let me know how you’re going to eliminate the word “overwhelmed” from your vocabulary.


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