Breaking Free from Overwhelm
Episode 43: Breaking Free from Overwhelm
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Hey there, love It's Ellie, your confidence coach! Today, let's talk about something we've all experienced at some point: the feeling of overwhelm. You know, when you've pinned your dreams, set your goals, and now face the daunting task of breaking them down into manageable steps? But somehow, you find yourself drowning in how big it feels. Yep, been there, and trust me, you're not alone.
My Overwhelm Story: A Fashionable Beginning
Back in college, I loved the world of fashion. Pinterest boards filled with perfectly curated photos painted the picture of the life I dreamed of. Yet, when it came down to putting in the effort, I hesitated. I feared stepping out of my comfort zone, and overwhelm became my perfect excuse to stay put. My loud inner critic and self-sabotage were my comfort zone and made my dreams seem unattainable.
Choosing One Step at a Time: My Realization
Recently, overwhelmed by my business's challenges, I decided it was time to tackle this beast head-on. My plan? Simplify. I focused on one thing at a time, like hosting local workshops. By narrowing my focus, the path became clearer. You see, overwhelm often stems from the pressure to do everything at once. We believe we must achieve all our dreams simultaneously, but that's a surefire way to stay stuck.
The Power of Micro-Steps: Your Action Plan
So, here's the secret to achieving your dreams: break it down, way down. Take your goal and dissect it into bite-sized, manageable steps. Let's say your goal is hitting the gym. Don't just stop there. Break it down further. Week one, put on workout clothes. Week two, put on your sneakers. Celebrate each tiny victory because every small step is an action worth celebrating.
Understanding Overwhelm: Peeling Back the Layers
Overwhelm is often a mask for deeper emotions like fear or anger. By acknowledging what's beneath the surface, we can navigate overwhelm more understanding. Awareness becomes our superpower, guiding us through the emotional maze. Remember, it's okay to feel these emotions. You're human. Embrace them, then allow yourself to feel them!
The Key to Confidence: Kindness
Now, here's the magic formula: kindness. The key to building confidence isn't found in self-criticism, but in self-love. Treat yourself with the same compassion you would offer a friend. Develop your self-love scripts, gentle affirmations that counter your inner critic's harsh words. Let kindness be your guide through feeling overwhelmed.
As you go about your week, remember this: overwhelm doesn't define you. It's just a temporary state, a hurdle, not a dead end. Embrace your dreams, break them down, be kind to yourself, and celebrate your victories, no matter how small they may seem. You've got this, and I'm here cheering you on!
Sending you love!