I Am Overwhelmed

We all have areas of struggle.  We all have days when we are having trouble keeping up.
As I am writing this, I am a bit overwhelmed.
The good news is, business and life have been “busy.”  I am trying to take every call and attend every meeting.  The phone continues to ring and emails continue to roll in with a “ding” on the computer.  It’s great because it’s what we have been working for…right?
But in the meantime, I want to make sure I continue to do the things that started the activity to begin with!  I want to continue to write this blog.  I want to create more video content.  I want to answer every question.  I even want to write a new book.
Oh…and I want to be a good father and husband too.
I know you get it.  You likely have similar challenges.  But this morning, I got up early so I could get “some things done” and I am overwhelmed.
I don’t know where to start.
As I thought about this, I realized my activity level had just gone up to a level where I was no longer comfortable.  My schedule has changed.  My expectations have changed.  I have (hopefully) leveled up.
Ed Mylett talks about this in a recent podcast/video (you can see that here).  In this piece of content Ed talks about the Thermostat of life.  I love this concept.  The idea is, that you set your life Thermostat where you are comfortable…and where you think you deserve.  So if you have a 70 degree life, and things go bad, you will work really hard to get things back to normal.  It acts just like a thermostat.  It will heat you back up.
But the converse is true.  If you get “hotter” than you are used to, your thermostat will cool you down.  It will bring your activity level back down to where you feel better…more comfortable.  It might help you stay comfortable…but it goes against what you are trying to accomplish.
I think that is what is happening to me this morning.
So, while I don’t have the answers, I need to reframe this in my mind.  Obviously, having lots of activity is a wonderful thing.  And when I feel this struggle, I need to recognize it as progress.
I need to lean in to the struggle.  I will do that today…and keep you posted.
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Written by: Kirby Hasseman

Kirby Hasseman is the CEO of Hasseman Marketing & Communications. Kirby hosts a weekly Web show called Delivering Marketing Joy where he interviews business leaders from around the country. Kirby has published four books. His most recent is “Fan of Happy.” His book, called "Delivering Marketing Joy" is about doing “promo right” and is perfect for people in the industry and customers. He also wrote “Think Big For Small Business” and “Give Your Way to Success. All are available on Amazon.