Are you Riding the Chaos Wave?
Do you ever find yourself caught up in the chaos wave?
You know how chaos seems to have a way of creating momentum.
When something goes wrong, another thing goes wrong and another thing goes wrong on top of that… and then another thing goes wrong.
It kind of has this way of creating a chaos momentum.
It also seems to be contagious.
When you find yourself in a state of chaos, all of a sudden, everyone around you also seems to be in chaos.
It’s like in the pandemic when everyone is going to buy toilet paper and cans of tomatoes and pasta for lockdown and you pop to the supermarket to buy food for dinner and you walk into that crazy chaotic energy.
You are watching everyone buying everything off the shelves.
And all of a sudden you start to question whether you also need to buy toilet paper and pasta.
There are voices in your head…
“Do I need toilet paper too? What about pasta? Hang on I don’t even eat pasta!!”
But you get swept up in the wave of chaos along with everyone else.
And by the time you leave you have meals for 5 nights instead of one plus a whole lot of stuff you didn’t really need but it was almost gone on the shelf and you though, maybe I will need it.
Chaos just kind of has this way of being contagious and creating momentum.
So when something big happens in our lives, like a family crisis, or something goes wrong in the business, all of a sudden, there always seems like there’s 100 more things on our to do list.
So we need to be conscious of holding that momentum back ourselves.
When things start to get crazy. When something big drops in our lives.
We need to be conscious of halting the chaos wave.
Because otherwise, we’ll just get caught on that wave and just keep riding it until we fall into a heap.
So how exactly do we halt that wave??
Let me give you an example.
You have a family crisis.
Before that family crisis hit you were already flat out busy.
Now, a family crisis has a way of not only needing to take your time away, but a large amount of your emotional energy as well.
You need to be really conscious about how much energy and time you can put into the crisis and into other things.
So if you really need to divert some energy into that new important activity, then you need to scale back some other things.
Instead of just adding more and more to your ToDolist, or thinking that you can still do everything that was on there, plus more..
You need to stop yourself and consciously say to yourself.
No! I will not ride this chaos wave. I need to scale back so that I can give attention to this crisis.
So consider what can you delegate out, not do at all or postpone.
In the wise words of Marie Forleo, Everything is Figureoutable.
But you have to stop to figure it out.
It doesn’t have to be a crisis it could be a wedding, or birth, or it can be a big event, or a product launch in your business.
It could be business related or personal, it doesn’t matter.
Be careful of thinking that you can do everything else plus more at the same time, that’s all I’m saying.
It’s really common, that you get caught on the wave and you keep adding more and more and more to your ToDo list instead of scaling back and taking things off and diverting your attention to where it needs to go.
So if you’re feeling yourself caught on that chaos wave…
Look at where your attention is needed.
And scale back in other areas so that you don’t feel like you’re in that state of chaos and overwhelm.
Give yourself the space to work and focus on the things that you need to.
It’s normally short term, right? It’s not forever.
And don’t get caught on that chaos wave.
Wishing you smooth sailing days
P.S. If you haven’t read Marie Forleo’s book, Everything is Figureoutable you must. Check it out here.
P.P.S. And please if you need help figuring it all out. Don’t be afraid to reach out and chat. You can book a time in my calendar here.