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“What is keeping you from achieving your dreams right now?
” What a question and as I mull it over, I feel an outpouring in my head. Reasons clutter and crowd, each vying to be heard and spilled out, and my heart begins to sink a bit under the weight of so much noise bagging about inside, of the sheer cacophony of it all. The thing is, the bulk of it is just that – noise. I’m an over-thinker and my mind has a tendency to over-complicate just about everything if I allow it to and then I get overwhelmed. Seriously, paralyzingly overwhelmed.
That is the one major thing that keeps me from achieving my dreams and goals right now. I let myself become overwhelmed and I prevent myself from even trying because I allow myself to believe it’s too much. I create a million outcomes for each action I think about taking, a million hurtles, and I spazz-out with how overwhelming it all seems to be. Even the idea of great, grand, glorious outcomes overwhelm me and cause me to stall and even panic. I can be as overwhelmed by the mere thought of success as I am of failure and so I become paralyzed, seemingly vanquished before I even take the first step.
Looking back, I can see many times when I let that overwhelming sense stop me from doing things. Times when I over-thought and panicked. When I just stayed with what was comfortable, even if it wasn’t what I wanted or even liked but at least I knew it, and made due. Times when a push would’ve made all the difference, but it didn’t happen and I stayed still.
I am now well aware of this particular foible of mine and I have been discovering ways to persuade my mind to let go of the over-thinking and just get on with it. Happily, I have a support system that will provide an extra push when needed (and kick my butt into gear if I start over-thinking). I try to push myself and I don’t allow myself to think until after and even then, I do my best to not second-guess since what’s done is done. I create mantras to repeat when my mind starts to rev into over-time – things like “it’s okay.” “Trying is a great thing.” “Failure just means trying again.” “Just breathe.” and so on. I meditate and most importantly, I keep going.
I have truly come to a place in my life where I don’t want to let that overwhelming feeling prevent me from reaching out and achieving my dreams. I don’t want a life that is complacent but lacking in what my heart and soul yearn for. I want my life and I want to live it and achieve it and I don’t want to be stopped by what-ifs and imaginary reasons to freak out about. I’ll never stop over-thinking, or getting overwhelmed but I can stop it from keeping me from what I want. At least, I think I can…tee-hee!
Namaste ~ Ella
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