When Life Overwhelms…

by Brian Bruce

There’s a lot coming at us each day. That’s just part of living life as a modern-day human. It can feel extremely overwhelming at times especially when you are working to create the next vision you have for your life. Maybe you’re like me, and you’ve been paused for a little bit. If so, well, it’s now time to snap out of it and engage in the next round of expansion. This doesn’t have to be done with a drastic burst of energy. It doesn’t have to be full steam ahead. In fact, I think right now it’s better not to be full steam ahead because it is often difficult to maintain that level of energy and is likely to cause burnout. So I say let it be a slow progression. The story of the tortoise and the hare comes to mind. Be like the tortoise. You don’t have to move fast. You just have to move, and keep moving forward. It can be a slow progression. We can pause to replenish ourselves, and it is important that we do, but only so we can continue working towards aligning with that vision that we each have for our lives. The work we came here to do is to clear all of the blocks, all of the fear, and all of the doubt that flood into our awareness on a moment-to-moment basis throughout the day. What really helps to ease the overwhelm is to start dropping the things that are not helping you move towards where you want to go. You have to start saying “no.” Of course, there are some things you realistically can’t say no to, but there are a lot of things to which you can. So start with the things that you can say no to. And also question whether you really can’t say no to something, or you just think you can’t. Now if it’s because if you do, you won’t have food or shelter, well, OK, don’t say “no” to those things. But what are those things that are distracting you from doing what you want to do? What is preventing you from moving forward in the direction that you truly want to go? What are those things that are draining your energy? Because to move forward and be a new version of yourself takes energy, and if you’re using all of that energy up on other things, that’s going to severely delay your progress. And remember it’s not just energy that you use to do physical tasks. It’s also the mental, psychological, and emotional energy that you spend on thoughts, and defending yourself, and criticizing others, and even comparing yourself to others. This all takes energy. And a lot of times it’s these non-physical ways we exert energy that are the most draining. So set an intention right now that you’re going to start prioritizing your evolution by carving out some time and some space to work towards what you want to create next for yourself in this lifetime. Is this difficult? Not in theory, but yes, in the practical application of it, it is challenging. Anything that’s new to you will feel that way. So rise up to the challenge now and really ask yourself: What’s the next step? The one next thing I can focus on that will bring me closer to the life that I envision for myself? Even if it’s to figure out what the next step is. A lot of us are so caught up in just going through the motions of our day that we don’t even stop to think about where we’re going. And you have the free will to do that. So whatever that next step is, write it on a piece of paper or put it as a notification on your phone. Make it something that you see every day, and then make it a priority to ask yourself how you can work towards it each day. And don’t shortchange yourself by saying, “Oh, I just don’t have the time.” Yes, you do. We all have time. It’s what you are doing with your time that really matters. If you honestly look at how you are spending your time, I bet at some point during the day or night there is an opportunity for you to work on that one next step that’s gonna bring you closer to the new version of yourself. Maybe you’ll have to give something up to have time for this. Actually, let’s be real. You WILL have to change something because we all have habits of living. You can perceive it as giving something up, or you can perceive it as gaining something. I hope that you’re inspired enough with the vision you have for your life that you choose to see it as something positive: You get to carve out time to move in the direction you really want to go! If it’s something you feel like you have to do rather than something you want to do, well, then I would question if you really want it. The challenge I have is that I have lots of different things I could do, and so my task is really to focus on one thing at a time and analyze to determine which one of the many things that I am inspired to do is going to be the best for moving me forward right now. I mention that because maybe you’re like me, and you have a bunch of things that you want to do. If so, this is a reminder for you to answer the following: What is the one thing that is going to move the needle for me right now? What are the things that are distracting me from doing this? How can I free up my time and energy so that I can focus on creating the life that I want rather than spending all my energy maintaining the status quo?

Here’s to your continued evolution and expansion! Keep going! 🙂 -Brian