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Overcoming Overwhelm.
December 17, 2002.

We have all been confronted with that all too familiar, extremely uncomfortable feeling of being totally overwhelmed by situations and circumstances in our lives. We know how unpleasant it feels when there is just too much for us to handle. During these unsettling moments of self doubt, there just seems to be too much of this and too much of that, in fact, it feels as though there is too much of everything. You start feeling completely overwhelmed and begin to totally shut down.

It seems like these unsettling feelings of overwhelm just sit and wait for their chance to catch you off guard or off balance. Then when you are at your most vulnerable and the timing is right (or should I say "wrong"), they suddenly bowl you over and overpower you.

Whenever overwhelm attacks, it attempts to confuse and confound, looking to shut you down and paralyze your ability to cope. You are immediately overrun with a profound sense of self doubt and start questioning yourself and your abilities.

Feeling overwhelmed touches off a number of self defeating feelings as well. You feel nervous. You feel tense. You feel rattled. Just when you need to believe in yourself the most, it feels as though your self reliance has completely deserted you. During these make or break moments, you must remind yourself that this overwhelming emotion is something you feel -- and you can control your feelings. Whenever you want to overcome these feelings of overwhelm, you need to simply change the way you feel.

You need to believe in yourself – because you do have more than enough tenacity to overpower any and all adversities tossed in your path. You need to believe in your abilities – because you do have more God given talent than you will ever need. The key to overcoming overwhelm is controlling your thoughts and emotions.

Whenever doubts of any kind start creeping in, winners deny them and so should you. You should never allow negative feelings of any sort to gain a foothold in your life. If you focus on the problems that are attempting to overwhelm you, the feeling of overwhelm will be reinforced – getting bigger and growing stronger with each passing moment. Unfortunately, way too many people give in or give up when they feel overwhelmed. Winners instead choose to harness their strength and focus their attention on finding the answers to the problems they encounter.

When you choose to deny your doubts and zero in on finding the needed solutions, you'll find the answers you need … and a whole lot more. You can overcome any feelings of overwhelm by controlling the way you feel. There is no question that feeling self assured and self confident sure beats the heck out of feeling overwhelmed.

At the first sign of trouble, remember to channel all of your energy on making good things happen. By staying positive, staying focused and looking for the answers rather than allowing your emotions to get the best of you, you can effectively overcome overwhelm. Then, instead of being overwhelmed with adversity, you'll soon find yourself overwhelmed with good feelings instead.


Depression loses its power when fresh vision pierces the darkness.
Peter Sinclair

Rise above the storm and you will find the sunshine.
Mario Fernandez

Hard things are put in our way, not to stop us, but to call out our courage and strength.
Unknown Author

It may sound strange, but many champions are made champions by setbacks.
Bob Richards

Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.
Robert Schuller

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Author: Greg Hickman


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