“Singleness of purpose is one of the chief essentials for success in life, no matter what may be one’s aim.”John D. Rockefeller
Whenever I feel overwhelmed, I have a mental/journaling exercise I do where I imagine if I dropped everything on my todo list.
Every task, obligation, book, responsibility, dream, possession, need—I pretend that I lit a match and set all the boats on fire.
Imagine it—you have nothing required of you and your slate is empty.
After picturing it in my mind I’ll begin to feel a weight lifted off of me. We tend to put so much pressure on ourselves. The pressure to perform, the pressure to succeed, the pressure to win. And when we can’t match all of our expectations we pull on even more weight. And it’s not just the work that creates pressure but the added mental weight of our expectations that really buckle our knees.
In fact, how we think about things adds 100x the power to our actions.
Trying to do too much at once is one thing, attempting to do too much while expecting we can do it all adds 100x the weight to our shoulders.
But when you let all the expectations and mental chatter go you will feel free. The weight is gone.
After mentally removing everything from my calendar, I then ask myself two important questions:
What do I actually want to do? (Or put another way, what am I willing to carry?)
And, out of all of my needs and responsibilities, what’s one thing I can focus my efforts on RIGHT NOW that would make me feel better (not overwhelmed) and accomplished?
Overwhelm is solved by not saying yes to everything (especially if you actually want to say no) and by prioritizing and focusing all your efforts on one task and one task only. Yes, your todo list might be a mile long, but that doesn’t matter right now—all that matters is the task at hand.
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #944
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