It’s not uncommon for me to write a blog post and then just delete the whole thing.
Usually I do it because I can’t put my thoughts together in anything remotely resembling a coherent fashion. When even I can’t figure out what the heck I’m talking about, I know it’s time to throw in the towel on that one.
I just scrapped a post two seconds ago. However this time, it wasn’t because it wasn’t good or because it wasn’t making any sense. On the contrary, I think it was a helpful post and I’m sure I’ll hit on the subject again soon.
The reason I tossed this post out for today was more of a “feeling” that it might overwhelm somebody today. And I’d prefer to write about why you don’t need to feel overwhelmed.
It’s No Hurry
One of the dangers of working online is that you can’t easily control the information that comes at you. The best you can do is try and find sources and voices you identify with and follow them. Things like email subscriptions, RSS feeds, and social media help you fine-tune the information you receive a little bit.
But even with people you trust and know, you sometimes get more information than you can handle in a reasonable amount of time. Especially since you do have a life!
One of the things Kim and I have learned working online for a few years now is that the “to-do” list for an online business doesn’t behave like one in the real world. Online, it seems like for everything you mark off your list as completed, ten more things are added “to-do”.
That’s a really tough list to complete!
The fact is that if you listen to every bit of advice you get from everyone you’re listening to, you’ll never get finished. You’ll always feel behind.
Try not to let that happen to you.
The best cure I know for this is faith. A little faith in yourself. A little faith in your dreams. A little, or a lot, of faith in something (someone) much bigger than you and your little business.
Faith that somewhere beyond where you can see, beyond where you can control, things are working together for your good and toward the realization of your dreams. Right now!
Just keep a picture in your mind of what you want to accomplish and try to stay focused on that. When you start to feel overwhelmed, just take a step back and take a few deep breaths.
You don’t have to get it all right today. You’re surviving. You’re fine.
It’s no hurry.
Just a thought. I hope it helps.
What about you? How do you fight that overwhelmed feeling? We’d love to here your tips in the comments.