If you feel in control of your life, no matter what the circumstances and what life throws at you, you are more likely to view stress as a challenge to face up to and overcome, rather than something to avoid and retreat from.
As always in relation to peak performance and success, your mindset makes the difference. I witness this every day and can vouch for it in my own life too. Frequently, my clients will sort out various aspects of their life first, and hence move from feeling overwhelmed and stuck to being in control and in action, and consequently move towards their desired outcome.
Here are 3 strategies to support you to feel more in control that you can implement today:
Declutter, declutter, declutter!
If you under estimate the power of surrounding yourself with less and with only things that energise you, I challenge you to remove only one item that you no longer love, need or use and notice how you feel. Declutter whole cupboards, emails and paperwork and the results are life-changing. Why? The distractions and energy drains are no longer in your brain’s visual and unconscious field so that you free up your precious attention for the more important things in your life.
Make the bottleneck decision
Do you have a project that has stalled because you need to make a decision before a cascade of other actions can be started? The bottleneck decision is a frequent cause of stress, overwhelm and low motivation and is a major block to getting stuff done faster and with zero stress. Pinpoint the decision that is causing the bottleneck (it is often the simple one) and refrain from doing anything else on the project until this has been made. Relief and subsequent high productivity are guaranteed!
Say no faster
It is okay, they will still like you. 😉 In fact, they will respect you even more for being honest and for not keeping them waiting. Avoid unnecessary fretting about something that you do not want to do or have no capacity to fulfil: you know now that your answer is “no” and the sooner you communicate this, the sooner you can move on to the next task. Phew!