Recently I started a 28 day cleanse and made invitations for 10 people to have complimentary calls with me to get unstuck in their business….all while having deadlines to create content and marketing copy to start a 3 week launch- for a new time sensitive program.
I knew it would be a lot to do with the cleansing and adding more appointments to my schedule, but I felt I was up to the challenge.
But here’s what I wasn’t expecting….
3 days in bed with caffeine withdrawal headaches, my Grandpa died, my husband ended up working a lot of overtime (he’s on call so it’s never expected), my daughter got chicken pox and my son got the flu, all in less than 10 days.
The only thing that I could have taken off my plate was stopping my cleanse, but I wasn’t willing to do that either- body before business ladies, because if you don’t have a body, you don’t have a business either.
So I simply let go. The launch got put on hold.
I got present to my body, my family and my home. I stopped any and all ‘to-do’s’ that had to do with the future and simply got present to what was -and that meant a lot of sleeping, cooking and cleaning, tending to my kids and attending family functions centered around my Grandpa’s funeral.
Sometimes life requires that we put our to-do list on the shelf for a while, convenient or not- you just need to do that sometimes- ‘no if’s and’s or but’s‘.
You can choose to stop or life will stop you anyway, so why not surrender when you feel out of control? You are out of control anyway!
Here is the great part…
I want to share a little ‘something’ with you that works for me every single time I hit my own limit of ‘doing’ -or when life gets so ‘lifey’ that I am out of sync with my desires and goals, to the point that I can’t figure out how to get back on track with deadlines.
I can’t tell you how many times this has paid off for me literally. Every time I do this, I am rewarded by new sales, new clients and new opportunities.
That’s because people are attracted to working with people who have energy they like or want to have themselves. They are not attracted to working with people who are frenzied and exhausted (this often plays out subconsciously).
While it might feel like a bit of a stretch of our faith- especially when we are stuck in the story and trying to figure it all out- the truth is, when we feel overwhelmed- it is the perfect time to exercise our faith muscle- let go and let God/dess. Come back to it with fresh eyes and ‘in spirit’ (from a place of inspiration).
We need to get back into the pull (attraction) mode -allowing what we desire to flow to us (which isn’t possible when we are in push mode). You can’t be repelling and attracting at the same time, so just stop it, drop it and roll with it already!
Here’s how it is done…
It begins with my mantra for overwhelm ‘stop, drop and flow’.
Step 1: STOP it
Step 2: DROP it
Step 3: ROLL with it
Recipe for getting out of overwhelm…..
Step 1: What do you need to do to shift the energy of how you are feeling and experiencing in the moment?
Stop what you were doing and do that instead.
Step 2: What do you need to drop or let go of?
Drop it. Reconsider it. Release control and ask for help or guidance.
Step 3: What do you actually feel like doing instead.
Do what you REALLY feel like doing and then come back to your goals and deadlines when INSPIRATION arises (and it will if you let go in faith).
On the other hand, when we are out of sync (or pushing to get things done), everything takes longer and we end up creating the exact scenario that we are trying to avoid- running out of time to accomplish it all.
Not only is ‘pushing’ a waste of time, but we feel frustrated and worse, the outcome will be a match to the energy we had in the doing/creation mode- and then we don’t get the results that we hoped for- the struggle feels worthless- like it was for nothing- and it was.
How we do it, is how it will manifest- so we must do what ever it takes to keep the energy in alignment with the outcome we want.
Even if that means stopping altogether and waiting for the breakthrough…in the meantime, we can shift the energy by attending to clutter, having a bath, nourishing our body, going for a walk or whatever feels like a balm for your weary soul.
Only go back to that stuff that needs to get done once your energy is shifted, the answer has come or you’ve acquired the help you needed in the first place.
So the next time you feel overwhelmed, instead of pushing forward unproductively, stop, drop and roll with it!