Overburdened

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Many times I’ve felt overburdened: work responsibilities, family obligations, bills to pay, friends to help, volunteer activities that I believe in, not to mention doing self-care things such as exercising, pursuing hobbies, and spending time with friends and family.

It’s cliché—but oh so true—that there’s too much to do and not enough time to do it.

This sense of being overburdened makes me feel harried, rushed, and pressured—the opposite of what I want, which is calmness, effectively pursuing my goals,

Perhaps you’ve felt this way from time-to-time.

Recently, I had coffee with a friend and she agreed that she, too, was feeling overburdened in her life. Then she said: We should overburden ourselves with Good Stuff instead!

This got me to thinking….

No wonder some days are tough for me to get through: I’m focusing on feeling rushed and crushed!

Why can’t we overburden ourselves with Good Stuff? Granted, we have obligations and responsibilities, but they don’t block us from the Good Stuff that’s all around us. We just have to shift our focus to see the things that make us happy and make us feel good.

I know this sounds naïve.

But when I’m feeling good about myself I can easily look around me and see things that make me feel happy and hopeful. When I’m feeling happy and hopeful, I also feel empowered. When I feel that I have what it takes, then I am much more effective..

Conversely, on days when I feel like I’m slogging through knee-deep mud, all I can see are problems, setbacks, and issues to be dealt with. This causes me to feel deflated and I am not very productive at all.

To top it all off, I totally miss the Good Stuff right in front of me such as pictures of my friends and family that adorn my walls and tables.

Oy!

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Your homework today is to remind yourself that no matter where you find yourself and no matter what issues and problems are pulling at you, there is Good Stuff all around. Take time today to make a list that you can keep handy. Refer to it often—not just today but days when you aren’t feeling particularly energetic.

Things to put on your Good Stuff list are things that make you happy, give you hope, and uplift you. They can be your accomplishments—both large and small—music you love, images of family and friends, places you’ve visited, things you’re good at, hobbies you enjoy, awards you’ve won, promotions you’ve received, people you’ve helped…and the list goes on!

Take the time to do this!

It’s important to have ways that you can press the reset button for yourself—ways to flip your thinking—so that you can stay positive and empowered. You’ll then be much more likely to continue taking steps toward your dreams!

You can do it!

I’m proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

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