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5 things you can do to overcome overwhelm and take inspired action

Arthur Kendall - sitting on a cliff in Pembrokshire

These days my default setting is calm, grounded and at peace with myself and the world.๐ŸŒโฃโฃโฃโฃ
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But for most of my life things were very different.โฃโฃโฃโฃ
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My creative mind (read restless, overthinking and probably a little ADD!) had me chasing the latest butterfly in the beautiful garden of life.โฃโฃโฃโฃ
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Yet I could never truly enjoy the butterfly or the garden for long, worrying if I was missing out (big-time FOMO) or spending too much time with any one โ€œbutterflyโ€ or โ€œflowerโ€.โฃโฃโฃโฃ
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Here are 5 things I did to start ๐ฅ๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฉ๐ž๐š๐œ๐ž๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ž๐ง๐ญ while bringing my ๐ข๐๐ž๐š๐ฅ ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž closer with ๐ข๐ง๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ข๐ซ๐ž๐ ๐š๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง.๐Ÿ’ฅโฃโฃโฃโฃ
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๐Ÿ. ๐’๐ž๐ฅ๐Ÿ-๐œ๐š๐ซ๐ž: ๐ญ๐š๐ค๐ž ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฃ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐›๐žโฃโฃโฃโฃ
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Like the airline safety demonstration ingrained in my psyche, we cannot help others if we are struggling ourselves. โฃโฃโฃโฃ
Even 5 minutes, taken every day, can be the difference between losing it and staying calm.โฃโฃโฃโฃ
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Or rather, remaining in alignment and in touch with your true nature. โฃโฃโฃโฃ
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Iโ€™ll go in depth into the importance of self-care soon!โฃโฃโฃโฃ
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๐Ÿ. ๐‹๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฎ๐š๐ ๐ž: ๐ฆ๐š๐ค๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐ฆ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐œ๐ก๐š๐ง๐ ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐Œ๐€๐’๐’๐ˆ๐•๐„๐‹๐˜ ๐’๐‡๐ˆ๐…๐“ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐œ๐ž๐ฉ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐งโฃโฃโฃโฃ
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Hereโ€™s a little trick/example Iโ€™ve been teaching recently. If I say:โฃโฃโฃโฃ
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โ€œI have to do all these things!โ€โฃโฃโฃโฃ
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How do you feel? โฃโฃโฃโฃ
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The mind will usually rebel against the obligation inherent in that and at least ask – whyโ“โฃโฃโฃโฃ
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Make a tiny change, moving the โ€œtoโ€:โฃโฃโฃโฃ
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โ€œI have all these things TO doโ€.โฃโฃโฃโฃ
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How does that feel?โฃโฃโฃโฃ
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Freer, no doubt. I have all these things I could do – and actually, most of them I enjoy!๐Ÿ˜ƒโฃโฃโฃโฃ
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But I will say that this shift allows you to see whatโ€™s really important, get out of your head and listen to your intuition so you can focus on Inspired Action.โฃโฃโฃโฃ
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๐Ÿ‘. ๐‚๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐ซ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ โ€œ๐‘๐š๐๐š๐ซโ€: ๐Ÿ๐จ๐œ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐จ๐ง ๐ข๐ง๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ข๐ซ๐ž๐ ๐š๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐งโฃโฃโฃโฃ
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I used to regularly feel overwhelmed by my to-do list. ๐Ÿ“โฃโฃโฃโฃ
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Not that I always had one. But I tried pretty much every task and time management tool and trick out there, with varying degrees of failure LOL.โฃโฃโฃโฃ
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Recently I started taking a different approach.โฃโฃโฃโฃ
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Yes there are tools involved and they underlie my day. โฃโฃโฃโฃ
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But the key thing was the mind shift.โฃโฃโฃโฃ
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I like to think of it like the radar screen on a submarine, like in the old James Bond movies, with concentric circles and blips for nearby vessels.โฃโฃโฃโฃ
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In the innermost circle I have the 2-3 key things that will move me towards my goals – โ€œneedle-moversโ€, if you like the idea of pedal to the metal โฃโฃโฃโฃ
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I can still see the rest – my global vision of the other things I have planned to do, ongoing tasks and habits, etc.โฃโฃโฃโฃ
But during my focussed work time, I am only focussed on these 2-3 things (usually 2).โฃโฃโฃโฃ
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I am so much more productive with this system and more importantly mindset.โฃโฃโฃโฃ
And removing the clutter avoids overwhelm.โฃโฃโฃโฃ
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๐Ÿ’. ๐๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž: ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ก๐ž๐ฅ๐ฉ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ฌ๐ข๐๐žโฃโฃโฃโฃ
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I go through phases of obsessive observation. It is amazing what you can pick up by mindful awareness of your words, thoughts and behaviours.โฃโฃโฃโฃ
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But you can only get so far.โฃโฃโฃโฃ
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Unless you have mastered transcendental meditation (and even thenโ€ฆ), seeing yourself from the outside is, by definition, impossible.โฃโฃโฃโฃ
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It can be a challenge hearing raw truths, but it is the only way to really learn.โฃโฃโฃโฃ
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Just remember that if itโ€™s not true, it wonโ€™t hurt (more on that another time!).โฃโฃโฃโฃ
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And if it does, itโ€™s worth asking why.โฃโฃโฃโฃ
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Find a trusted friend who knows you well and loves you well enough to tell you honestly what they see.โฃโฃโฃโฃ
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I also highly recommend finding a mentor/s who have been on a similar journey and can understand.โฃโฃโฃโฃ
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I have invested thousands in personal growth and coaching & mentoring.โฃโฃโฃโฃ
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Especially when I am at a crossroads and need that external perspective and professional accountability that a friend may not be able to provide.โฃโฃโฃโฃ
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๐Ÿ“. ๐‚๐ก๐จ๐ข๐œ๐ž: ๐š๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ž๐ง๐ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐๐š๐ฒ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐€๐‹๐—ช๐€๐˜๐’ ๐‡๐€๐•๐„ ๐€ ๐‚๐‡๐Ž๐ˆ๐‚๐„!โฃโฃโฃโฃ
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In early 2013, following an intense emotional low, during which I had looked for help in books, courses and meditations but found none of them quite helped, I realised I needed a simple solution to pull me out of the quagmire.โฃโฃโฃโฃ
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What followed, what I discovered, did just that.โฃโฃโฃโฃ
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A simple tool I used to power up my life again.โฃโฃโฃโฃ
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You see I realised that it all boils to a simple choice: โ€œdo you want to be happy?โ€ – and the overwhelming response was โ€œYES!!โ€ โฃโฃโฃโฃ
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Now there is a lot behind it, like the need to find and affirm self-love and esteem, negotiating with our emotions, etc.โฃโฃโฃโฃ
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(That turned into the beginning of a book, but thatโ€™s another story! Itโ€™s now in my programme.)โฃโฃโฃโฃ
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I used that question and the affirmation โ€œI choose happinessโ€ in mirror work (again another story of overcoming almost physically sick-making cringe!) โฃโฃโฃโฃ
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It helped massively shift my mood, indeed my whole perspective and in writing about this shift I turned things around.โฃโฃโฃโฃ
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More recently, this realisation of our infinite ability to choose led to my being able to finally lose the fear and make massive changes to my life, which I have been dealing with this summer.โฃโฃโฃโฃ
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Iโ€™ve alluded to some of this experience, and will continue to share, but despite the unexpected challenges, I have been able to deal with them far better than in the past – all while feeling more alive than I have in years!โฃโฃโฃโฃ
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And I am now renewing my application of these steps to get the new season and the last quarter of 2022 off to a flying start. ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ฏ

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