Embrace Overwhelm

Today, we’re going to talk about how to embrace overwhelm. I was having a conversation with a client a few weeks back, and we started our coaching call with a WIFLE, and a WIFLE is What I Feel Like Expressing. And he said, “Coach, what I feel like expressing is I’m overwhelmed.” Got it, and my WIFLE back was, “Well, what I feel like expressing, let me see, you have two children under the age of three. You have another one on the way. You have a full-time job, and you have a business to run. Jokingly I replied; What’s your problem?”

The reason I share this, I have another client who has five children while running two different companies. I have another client that has two children, another one on the way, running a large organization. Another client, one of three owners of the company, has seven children.

If you’re an entrepreneur, a CEO, a business owner, a leader, a manager, and you have small kids at home, you have a business to run, you have a team to run, and a lot more moving parts, you are going to experience overwhelm. And if you are someone that has young children ages, 1, 2, 3, or 4, you just might be in overwhelm for the next 20 years until they leave the house. So instead of looking at what you have as overwhelming, embrace it. It’s part of the journey. It’s just the way it is.

My life is a little calmer presently. My children are 26 and 30. They both live on their own. They have their jobs; they have their own lives. It’s just my wife and I at home. I, fortunately, have a business that works for me, that gives me freedom, and that provides me luxury, in addition to having the honor, privilege, and pleasure of coaching committed individuals who want to be their best both personally and professionally. I am humbled that I have a glorified life. I’m blessed. I get to go diving and spearfishing in the blue seas of South Florida on the weekends, come home, and eat a healthy meal of fresh fish. Overwhelm is in my past.

There are a lot of entrepreneurs, business owners, and CEOs who have young families and a lot of moving parts. So instead of waking up in the morning and saying, “God, I got a lot on my plate. I’m in total overwhelm,” embrace it. It’s part of the process. One thing you can do to calm down and slow down from that overwhelm is to be sure to take time for yourself, whether it’s early in the morning, whether you’re doing meditation, reading, stretching, or going to the gym. If you’re married, be sure to take time for yourself and your spouse. And if there’s one lesson you can get, with all these different moving parts, your spouse, your children, your business, your team, two words: ‘Be Present’. Be present in the moment with who you are with. When you’re with your spouse, be with your spouse. When you’re with your children, be with your children. When you’re at your business, be at your business. When you’re having a conversation with somebody on your team, only be having a conversation with that person on your team. When you learn to be present where you’re at and not think about something before or something later, that feeling of overwhelm will go away.

COACH MICHAEL DILL is an Award-Winning Certified Business Coach, global speaker, and published author. He is a proud Action Coach Franchise partner as well as the President of Power & Ice Wealth Creation a strategic leadership company that works with business owners, leaders, teams, and entrepreneurs to both develop a systematized and structured organization while accelerating their mindset, efficiencies, and effectiveness to grow both personally and professionally to achieve extraordinary results. He brings more than 40 years of business and entrepreneurial experience in his leadership, team training, and mentoring practice. Businesscoachmichaeldill.com