Do you ever wake up in the middle of the night with a great idea! You know that this “thing” you have thought of will help sooooo many people and will also put quite a bit of money in your pocket. It’s a win-win! The problem? You fail to execute. Does this only happen to me?
I have about 5 big projects swimming through my brain right now. They didn’t just get there last night. They have actually been in my brain taking up space for quite some time. Some for years.
I know that these things can be great, but the bottom-line is that I have literally been paralyzed. I have not acted, but know that I should. I know what I want to do I just have not done the work. I woke up at 3:00 am this morning not because I had another great idea, but because I was haunted by all the things that I have not done. I felt anxious and also disappointed in myself.
After tossing and turning for what was possibly hours, I realized that I have become the person that I talk about the most. I have become the person that does not want to put in the work. I can blame it on my kids and the fact that I now homeschool. I can blame it on the fact that I work too much already. I can blame it on poor timing. I have never been one for excuses so my recent inaction surprises even myself!
So at some time close to 4 am this morning I asked myself why I have become that “I don’t want to put in the work” person. I thought about it and my answer shocked me. My answer was that I am overwhelmed and probably just really tired!!! Yes… a moment of transparency here! I am overwhelmed with ideas, with my kids schooling, basketball tournaments, with my business, with it all.
I thought more about it. I realized when a person is overwhelmed they don’t act. The mere thought of doing something new, putting in the time and effort becomes something else to add to the huge mound of overwhelm. Just thinking about executing is exhausting! It makes me really just want to take a long nap…lol. Overwhelmed people often are nonproductive people. They aren’t productive because they just don’t know what to do nor where to start.
So instead of outlining how and when I was going to get these things ideas out of my brain I decided to do something else first. Instead I created a list of what I need to do RIGHT NOW to reduce the weight of my plate. I created a timeline to get these” right now” items handled. I also made a list of what I have to delegate….it’s required!
So often we hear people say “get these ideas out of your head before someone else does it.” Here are my thoughts on that: I have about 5 ideas a day. They really just do not stop…lol. If someone happens to do it first I will have anew idea delivered to my brain within hours. It’s just how an entrepreneur’s brain works!
My new thought is this: Yes, get the idea out of your head, but handle the “right now” first. Don’t get so stuck with how you will share these new ideas with the world until you are in a good space to execute. Slow down. Take your time. When you follow that path your execution and the end result will likely be better than you imagined!
Can you possibly be suffering from overwhelm paralysis? Let me know how you will handle it.