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Do you ever feel so overwhelmed you don’t even know where to begin with the work that’s on your plate?
Sometimes those overwhelmed feelings come from the work itself, but often they come from the other things: our attitudes, our fears, our desire to please others, and our doubts about being able to do the things on our to do lists.
Add that to the other things going on in our lives, and it’s pretty easy to start feeling overwhelmed.
In today’s episode of the Christian Habits Podcast we’ll be talking about the lies that make us feel overwhelmed and some tips and truths that will help us get over that stressed out feeling. Here are the lies we’ll be talking about:
9 Lies That Make You Feel Overwhelmed
- It will be easier tomorrow.
- This has to be perfect.
- I have to get every single thing done on my list right now this very minute.
- If I don’t get this done “x” will happen and that will be TERRIBLE!!!
- She expects me to do it so I need to do it.
- I started it, so I need to finish it.
- I’m an incredible, inept loser!
- I’ll never change.
- This needs to be done.
If you believe any of these lies, I hope you’ll listen to the podcast for some help to let them go!
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I also want to thank the people in my procrastination class for giving me the accountability necessary to get back to podcasting after this long, LONG, break!
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I should know better than to start feeling pretty good about myself until I get through the entire list! I struggle with the having to finish things. It was so ingrained in us to finish what we started when we were young that it’s part of the DNA. I think there is some gratification in the process of finishing, but I can see where the task itself becomes more like an idol to be polished. It’s a constant fight in the flesh. Thanks for the honesty and encouragement.
Barb Raveling says
Hi Floyd, I love the way you describe that – “the task itself becomes more like an idol to be polished.” So true! It’s so interesting how the better I’m getting at working and not wasting time, the more I’ve been seeing the flip side of the coin of working too much. I’m finding I have to be just as careful at boundaries to work (since I still struggle with that) as I do with boundaries to stop working. I guess it helps to be a multi-faceted fault person since I write on transformation. :)
Tc Avey says
I fall into a few of these traps myself. Before I know it I get overwhelmed and either frustrated or discouraged.
People pleasing is hard for me…so is leaving things unfinished. I love being able to mark things off my “to-do” list, but sometimes I put projects above people. God is working on me in these area’s.
Barb Raveling says
He is working on me too. It’s always nice to have company in the battle. :)
Barb, I find that in most of the lies there’s also a bit of truth, for instance, “I started it so I have to finish it.” I think it’s good to feel that responsibility but on the other hand we can get totally overwhelmed by trying to finish something that really needs to be put aside or just forgotten altogether.
Barb Raveling says
I agree, Caleb. I think another lie I believe sometimes is “I need to finish this right now!” When it would really be better to just stop working and rest on it for a bit.