Overwhelm Thrives on Chaos

“Begin — to begin is half the work, let half still remain; again begin this, and thou wilt have finished.”

Marcus Aurelius

Overwhelm thrives on mystery and chaos.

The quickest solution I’ve found for overwhelm is to simply make a list and focus all your efforts on one thing at a time.

Make a list of what’s been bothering you and possible next actions to solve them.

Each time you check off something that’s been bothering you (whether it’s having coffee with a friend you’ve been meaning to call, eating health today, etc), the mental rain cloud clears ever so slightly.

Our problems/obstacles are bad enough on their own, we don’t need to berate ourselves internally with negativity and harsh criticism on top of it all.

Focus on completing what’s in front of you.

Some might pick the easiest thing to complete first, and others might go for the most pressing issue. I usually sit down with myself and see which problem I’m facing is affecting the others. Think tiny dominos cascading into larger and larger pieces.

What’s the one thing I can work on that will solve or perhaps even get rid of all the other problems I’m facing?

It doesn’t really matter what you choose to start with, as long as you start with something.

Problems turn into monsters, simply by ignoring them.

It’s like having a sore or cut in your mouth—it feels massive when you run your tongue over it, but when you open wide and look at it threw a mirror, it’s just a tiny little thing.

Things in the rear view appear closer than they are. Problems feel bigger until you get a good look at them.

The last thing to remember is to keep going. Through all the ups and downs we will face in life, as long as we keep going and persevering, things will inevitably unblock themselves. It’s good to know that there are both ups and downs, not just downs. Again, the mind can play tricks on us, and we can skew our life only in the down moments and forget the good.

Remember: you are alive. You can think, you can enjoy and you can love. Perhaps tomorrow we won’t be…you never know. All the more important reason to live for today.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1802

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