How To Overcome Overwhelm

Feeling overwhelmed can really halt your productivity and success in so many ways icon sad How To Overcome Overwhelm  And in fact, MOST entrepreneurs are “serially” overwhelmed.  With work, the business, the family, kids, chores, meetings… the list goes on and on!  We all have SO much on our plate!

So how do you “overcome” feeling overwhelmed?  Click play on the video below to learn more about how I’ve worked through this in my own life, and get some easy, simple tips that you can implement today to start feeling motivated, excited, and productive again:

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greg ramsey August 6, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Thanks katie, i appreciate the insight on how to handle being overwelmed, i think alot of it comes from the feeling of not being productive enough. On another note i ran across something i thought would interset you,that is taking video to a WHOLE NEW LEVEL
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Thank you,sincerly,greg ramsey.

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Ivy Hall August 7, 2011 at 2:52 am

Hi Katie, this overwhelmed stuff is so true. I just started my business a few days ago, and I have all of these different people that I sign up with telling what they could do in order to get my business to the next level.e.g Branding,videoing,blog and you name it. Then for my business itself have a lot of webinar meeting and radio shows that I have to plug into to learn about the business. So,yesterday I was so overwhelm,I decided to close down my computer and just go out the house for the day. I came across a group of person who was out selling, I was able to share some of the stuff that I was involved in. I could tell you,that”not to do list” is darn good.

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jamie August 7, 2011 at 5:35 am

Katie, Love the “not to do list” Great idea!

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Sue August 7, 2011 at 5:46 pm

Great Video. Thanks Katie!
One task at a time with focus…and deep breathing. I find when I start to feel out of whack taking some good deep breathes will usually bring things back to normal pretty quick.

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jackie August 7, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Hi katie,

thank you soooooooooo much . just what i needed to hear as i thought i was alone feeling overwhelmed. just what i needed to hear trust me as i was trying to do too much now i know i want to concentrate on video

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timothy william August 8, 2011 at 6:39 am

Thanks for your knowledge on this Post! overwhelmed is alot of my trouble not staying focused

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Phill August 8, 2011 at 6:41 pm

Thanks for turning my question into a video :D Really looks like I’m not the only one! And I agree, when the energy is scattered and we’re trying to do so much in so little time it’s very ineffective compared to focusing our energy on one thing, being present and moving forward with a powerful beam of energy!

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Betsy Allen August 8, 2011 at 11:06 pm

Love it Katie! It’s so true that we get so overwhelmed as starter entrepreneurs and as veteran entrepreneurs. Thank you for giving precise ways to clear up overwhelm and keep moving forward!
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Rina August 10, 2011 at 2:12 am

Hi Katie so very true, my solution for me has been when things just get too muchin front of the computer is get up go outside and enjoy this beautiful world of ours wand just be grateful, all else disappears. Just a few minutes of this a you are completely rejuvenated and ready to turn the world upside down.
Yes that Not to do list does work and so does the delete button, we are so overwhelmed with things which is just not relevant.
Thanks for at least now we all know, everyone has the same feeling.
Have an AWESOME day and celebrate being a “Woman”, yesterday in South Africa we celebrated “Woman’s Day”…we are so caught up in everything we tend to forget we are really special.
Kind Regards, From South Africa,
Rina

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Steve Beisheim August 11, 2011 at 2:09 pm

I love your re-framing suggestion. Look at all these amazing possibilities..etc…! I know that focus is key.. Focus on specific goals and being persistent.. Narrowing marketing methods is important… Focus on one or two and just do them over and over again……

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Norma Miller August 11, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Katie I have been feeling overwhelmed & a couple of times I almost fell asleep at the computer. I like the rewording-I have a lot of esciting things to learn and do. I think I will pick 1 or two things to focus on. U R correct, U cannot do everything at once. I have seen a bing change in myself, and so has my part time employer. When I say my prayers every day, I thank the lord for the wonderful people he has put in my life and U R one of them. God bless U Kate and enjoy your trip to Equadour.

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Saqib Khan August 11, 2011 at 7:11 pm

Hey Katie I hope you are having an awesome day/evening/night lol :)

Thanks for sharing your thoughts in this video. I know this feeling of ‘overwhelment’ is indeed common amongst the majority, especially those that are new to this beautiful industry.

The key is to forget about all the fluff out there and ‘the next big business’ or ‘next best software’. You will not get results guys by switching and changing every week or every time you see a new offer or software. Focus is indeed the key but so is consistency. The only way you will get results is by being consistent in your actions.

I would also say to prioritize if you do have a number of things to do. Take it one step at a time, do the most important things first and then move down the list. Doing things all at once or all the same time will NOT get you results any faster!

Stay focused and be consistent guys!

Thanks again Katie and I wish you nothing but success and prosperity. :)

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Patch August 11, 2011 at 8:02 pm

Absolutely agree Katie, and unfortunately, as you eluded to, most often the overwhelm is self-imposed because we let ourselves get influenced and dragged into too many things at once. Staying focused and keeping your head down is a very valuable skill to develop in this day and age… Thanks for your video.

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Joe August 12, 2011 at 6:55 am

Great post! I think 95% in our industry need these tips!

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Anthony August 15, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Thanks for sharing that video Katie. I have to agree that the sense of overwhelm is the number one killer of most online marketers… and who can be blamed, every week, there’s yet another “can’t miss this or you’re doomed” message/product/webinar/launch from a real guru or a self-proclaimed one.

Focus in one of the best skills anyone can master if they really want to succeed in this industry. I learned that the hard way.

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Cassie August 17, 2011 at 7:54 pm

Great timing, Katie! Great advice. So glad I checked me email today. Thanks, Cassie

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USMLE Prep Courses August 21, 2011 at 11:32 am

Hey Katie,

As always a very useful and helpful video. I find that watching your videos, which often feel as though they are addressing me directly, definitely help give me a boost and help me get past personal hurdles that arise every now and then with my business. As an internet and offline businessperson, I find that the overwhelm is something that is just a part of the game, but with this kind of advice it is easier to cope knowing others like yourself have been there and overcome it.

Thanks!

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Nancy & Shawn Power... Inspiring YOU to Travel! August 21, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Katie, Thanks.

We just started our business a few months ago and yes, there is so much to learn and so little time it seems… we can barely breath at times, good tips.

Thanks again,

Nancy & Shawn

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Sukie Baxter August 22, 2011 at 11:08 pm

Strange, I never really feel overwhelmed. Frustrated? Yes. Confused about what direction to go in? Absolutely. But overwhelmed? Not so much. Maybe I’m abnormal…

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Rae Majors-Wildman August 25, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Katie- You are so right on the mark. I realized that normally when we are overwhelmed it has to do with unrealistic expectations around timelines and timeframes. I believe if you just chip away and focus on the top 5 things that will grow your business and I love your suggestion on working on one thing first versus trying to master everything. Great tip!!!

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Murat August 26, 2011 at 2:52 am

I play Wii Fit Plus regularly to fight against feeling overwhelmed. It helps both mood and body. Also, go to beach regularly on weekends to swim and refresh with cold drinks. :)

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Victor August 26, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Thanks for the insights Katie. “Stress comes from the meaning we assign to things”, I like that, and never thought of it that way before. I also liked the not-to-do list.

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Chuck Bluestein August 28, 2011 at 12:01 am

Great message. It reminds me of the Chinese saying, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” It is a simple, but profound saying. Also one of the most important things in business is prioritizing.

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Jeannie Long September 2, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Thank you for your idea of the “not to do” list Katie. I don’t delegate or ask for help enough. One rule that has worked for me is to never take on something new without eliminating something else.

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Chris September 2, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Hey
Thanks a milly. One tip that helped me was to unsubscribe from the lists I was on, but which didn’t serve me (excluding yours of course). Helps me to avoid shiny object syndrome.

thanks
chris

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Zsa Zsa September 5, 2011 at 2:39 am

Thanks Katie, deep breathing exercises always work for me when I feel overwhelmed. A good walk does wonders too!

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Siddarth Rajsekar September 6, 2011 at 12:17 am

Top quality information Katie.. Thanks for all the value.

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David Stillwagon September 8, 2011 at 10:09 am

Great video! Focusing on one area is a good idea, finding that area might be a little more challenging.

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Amy Hagerup September 13, 2011 at 7:40 pm

Overwhelm is so true and a real problem around here. Thanks for the great insights. I listened to it before and came back this evening. Blessings, Amy

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Angela Chase September 17, 2011 at 10:03 pm

Making lists is my favorite overwhelm breaker. If I keep all of that “stuff” in my head, I get totally freaked out.

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Theresa September 19, 2011 at 8:33 am

Katie, thank you once again for some great insight. Having that feeling of being overwhelmed definitely can take it’s toll on not just your body, but also on your relationships with others. I am just getting started in the whole blogging arena and it can be very overwhelming to say the least. I have already begun to follow your line of thinking in the aspect that right now I am focusing my efforts on article writing. This is what is best for me. One of my first articles was about the word “no” and how by telling yourself and others “no” that it can actually be a more productive answer and reduce unnecessary stress. Thanks again for the wonderful video. You are an inspiration!

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Happy Quotes September 28, 2011 at 10:01 am

great article Katie.Very helpful :)

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Etieno Etuk October 5, 2011 at 1:27 am

This is an awesome post, Katie. I like what you said in the video about focusing on one thing and pushing all the other things that tend to overwhelm us to the background.

Thank you so much for sharing these tips.

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Laura Walters October 21, 2011 at 6:23 am

Great post Katie! It is very overwhelming for most when starting in Network Marketing. There is just so much different information out there and you can really feel like you literally don’t know where to start! Taking a moment to sit and think about it ~ pick one thing to focus on ~ can really make a difference.

Thanks for sharing!

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sid October 21, 2011 at 8:37 am

How Can I Thank you! Katie, I don’t have words! It is true that overwhelming could be a deadlock to actions.

The video is so helpful for me to overcome the problem of overwhelming.

Amazing work Katie … Please keep it up…..Thanks …Thanks…and thanks!
Sid

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Aki Wood October 24, 2011 at 12:10 am

We’re all overwhelmed sometimes… ESPECIALLY anyone marketing on the internet. I have a lot of techniques I use for it, and it seems like different ones work on different days and for different issues.

Good suggestions Katie; you rock.

-Aki

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Janet I Mueller November 8, 2011 at 10:52 am

Terrific post Katie! It’s easy to get distracted with all the shiny objects. Staying focused on a particular strategy is key. Using a stopwatch to time how you are spending on a given activity can help. Great video!
Janet

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Jean-Pierre Belmont December 15, 2011 at 12:54 am

Really good and inspiring video presentation. To talk about the phenomen feeling overwhelmed should be a must for every serious entrepreneur, because the complexity of daily tasks let us feel sometimes under pressure to decide what really comes next and what has to stay behind.

However becoming aware, that only steps in one direction can bring us forward can help us to regain control. Thanks for the inspirational speech.

Regards,
Jean-Pierre

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Denys McNair December 15, 2011 at 8:27 am

Hi Katie!

A very relevant topic, particularly as I am feeling a little overwelmed today.

We are approaching the beginning of a New Year and I am very eager to hit the ground running. I really believe that I can transform the lives of so many but there is just so much to be done.

Recruiting the right kind of people is so important to Network Marketing, and as a Sponsor I know that I have to invest time and resources in developing the potential in other people. Sometimes it can feel overwhelming when people drag their feet and become distracted by things that hold them back,…..and THAT applies to all of us from time to time! Consequently important tasks are left undone and pile up, and you end up with ‘clutter’. The clutter can be the accumulation of documents and papers, or neglected telephone calls, finances, etc.

Right now, I’m taking time out to ‘de-clutter’ my life and my home. I’ve even managed to significantly cut down on my bills by cancelling unused memberships and subscriptions and changing my mobile phone provider. Also it’s amazing how good it feels when home and office are tidy. The harsh reality is, that if we don’t deal with ‘clutter’ then we are really saying to ourselves that we are ‘settling for less than the best in our lives’, and in that state of mind it makes it very difficult to move forward with our business.

My way of dealing with feeling overwhelmed at this time, is to get rid of all the clutter I can before Christmas, whilst at the same time doing one thing every day that will help my business grow. And I believe that the best way to make my business grow, is to help my team build their own business. By doing so their success is also my success. Sometimes all they need is a brief word of encouragement. (Recently I helped one of my team fix her laptop. She was so appreciative that she wanted to pay me but I gratefuly declined her generous offer, and said that what I really wanted is to see her own business grow. So, I said to her ‘find yourself some new customers and I’ll help you get them started on their Wellness programme…..and she has done just that!)

Feeling overwhelmed is not pleasant, but focusing on removing clutter, and helping others, is definitely satisfying, rewarding, and energising!

Enough talk! I’m off to fill a few more bin bags…..and….if there is something useful to others that I rarely use, then I’ll give it to someone who can make better use of it.

Thank you Katie for your words of encouragement.

With best wishes at this festive time and in 2012,

Denys

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tanya December 18, 2011 at 10:09 am

Hi Katie,
What an incredibly clever,amazing video..thank you so much..really helped me and I’ll be referring to it again and again

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Dale Horton December 23, 2011 at 5:38 pm

Some excellent suggestions, Katie. Especially your take on re-framing one’s focus when feeling overwhelmed. Thanks for sharing.
Dale Horton´s last blog post ..Are You Resistant to Talking to Your Warm Market?

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Tanisha December 27, 2011 at 8:47 pm

the internet is over whelming but take your time and learn as much as you can step by step, get one system and follow it, thanks katie
Tanisha´s last blog post ..How I made $1250 In 6 weeks with Empower Network

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liz leamon January 18, 2012 at 11:31 pm

Great advice…being overwhelmed has a way of stopping you before you even get started. The goal is one task at a time! Thanks Katie

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Sanna March 16, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Hi Katie,

Just saw your video “back from your travels” and it sounded wonderful! I´ve spent a lot of time in Bali and it´s my favorite place of all. At the moment I´m in Australia (Manly, just outside Sydney) visiting my daughter who lives here.
Enjoyed your video and aslo this one on overwhelm!!! I don´t think we can talk enough about the subject. I´m currently clutter-clearing in programs, expenses etc to do just what you´re recommending……….FOCUSING:)
I´ve requested friendship on FB:)
Have a wonderful weekend:)
Sincerley,
Sanna
PS I will post this video on my blog…………and write something about it. It´s SOOOO important!!!!

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charles April 10, 2012 at 8:41 pm

Katie, wow the timing of your videos could not have come at a better time. I have just left a relationship with woman who I loved tremenously but the timing just wasn’t working. Letting go was really hard in fact it seemed so painful. My thoughts would race to what she was doing, having fun while I was alone. What a powerful breakthough for me, letting go of control. I read an article today which talked about the image we have of ourselves and how that can determine our decisions. Thank you so much, you have lifted a heavy heart and made it light again. many blessing to you

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hanzy florentino May 2, 2012 at 11:31 pm

hi katie .
great article .very helpful ..
thank you katie :)

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