I recently was pulling the weeds in my front yard and the weeds were so bad I couldn’t see my own feet. Seriously, check out the picture....
It was awful and overwhelming. I procrastinated tackling it for many weeks because the thought of all of the work that needed to be done completely crippled me. But, eventually the pain of seeing the weeds was too much and I finally began the arduous process.
As I started making progress, I could start to see my feet (and the rocks) better but it took a lot of freaking work to finally only see my feet and the rocks. I am not talking ten minutes, I mean hours and hours spread out over many weeks (the weeds were REALLY bad).
As I progressed, seeing parts of the yard clear of weeds motivated me to do more and more. I started to believe I could really clean my yard of the weeds.
When I was finally done, I was so relieved! My yard looked pretty again and I had accomplished a HUGE task that had been weighing on me.
As I was pulling the weeds, I was convicted about how often I get overwhelmed by what needs to get done that I end up doing nothing at all. I become paralyzed by the big picture instead of breaking it into little chunks.
In all honesty, this happened to me with more than the weeds recently. In the fall I had decided that I needed to create a course on anxiety. I saw so many women struggling with anxiety and wanted to provide them relief because they do not have to be crippled by their anxiety. There are tools that will help! But, the thought of creating a course felt so overwhelming. So…. I procrastinated and procrastinated. Then, after Christmas I decided I couldn’t put it off any more.
So, what did I do?
I broke into smaller tasks.
First, I gave myself a month to create a detailed outline so I knew what each module would look like. I also scheduled and filmed an amazing yoga video exclusively for the course (don’t worry, I am not in the video, a professional yoga instructor is).
The next month, I worked on the workbook (which is really thorough and I am so excited for you to see it!).
From there, I recorded the videos and got ready for launch day!
While it seemed overwhelming looking at the big picture, when I broke it into smaller steps, it wasn’t so overwhelming.
You can do the same thing too! What is something you have been procrastinating because it feels too overwhelming? Maybe it is decluttering your house, starting a new business or planning for a big event. Whatever it is, take a deep breath. You can do this.
First, create a deadline for the big picture to be completed.
Then work backwards. What needs to be done by the deadline? Break it up into small sections and assign a realistic timeframe for it to be done with each task building off of the last. Often, I find that people break apart what needs to be done but still have too big of chunks so you may need to break up each section into even smaller sections so it is easier to accomplish.
Before you know it, you will on your way to accomplishing your goal. You’ve got this!
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This guide will break down anxiety treatment in small sections that are easy to digest so that you can ditch the anxiety and embrace peace.
You are worth it!
Jocelyn is a Licensed Professional Counselor and course creator who desires to help clients heal and grow into who God created them to be.