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Jim’s Gems: Feeling Overwhelmed?

April 14, 2014
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A few things happen to be consuming my time and they have given me pause to think. I would venture to guess that the same is happening with most of everyone else.  We all have these times but it’s how we approach them that increases our opportunity to achieve success.

Do you have so much to do that it seems overwhelming? Maybe it’s time to stop thinking about how much there is to do and start getting it done. Feeling overwhelmed is merely a state of mind that you choose. And just as easily as you can choose it, you can choose to let it go.

A new day, a new week, a new month, a new year — it can make you feel like time is quickly slipping away. But in fact, time moves at a constant rate. It comes to us just as quickly as it moves past us.

That means that each moment in time we get the opportunity to make a difference. Each moment, the best thing we can do is to make full and meaningful use of the time that has been given to us to manage. The bottom line is how we use the time to get things done. Moment by moment, little by little, small tasks build into great achievements, and those achievements build significant successes.

You don’t have to tackle everything all at once. Just do what you can, when you can, and how you can to fill each moment with positive purpose and action.

If there is a big task, break it down into bite sizes so it can be less threatening and more easily consumed. What once might have seemed overwhelming will quickly become attainable, and a potential source of self-fulfillment.

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