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Sometimes the biggest obstacle you face in moving forward after a crisis or major change has occurred in your life is your own sense of overwhelm. It’s scary to wonder where to go from here or how to dig yourself out of a tough situation.

Sometimes it just all seems like too much. And I know even for me that is true on numerous occasions. As I think back to the day when my son was diagnosed with his genetic disorder, I kept saying over and over again “Why me? Have I not been through enough already? Why my child? Why must we face another thing”?

And even with less crazy situations, you can¬†experience the same emotions and while I advocate having some kind of plan on hand. You can’t prepare for all situations but when you can approach it with a level head, then you can come up with a plan, break it down and implement it!

Keep reading to learn how you can stop the overwhelm by setting smaller goals you can more readily attain.

Break It Down

I recently shared with you how journaling can help get your worries out of your head so that you can start to face them head-on. Brainstorming works much the same way. Take some time to write down all of the ideas you have for ways you can move ahead in your current situation. No matter how small or how far-fetched, just get them out. Then begin to break it all down into tangible, manageable and realistic steps you can actually take to overcome your problem. This act alone may help you to feel less stress and more hopeful, as you can now see the possibilities that may have been blurred before.

Set Milestones

Next, you’ll want to set some milestones or checkpoints to help to keep yourself on track. Again, consider taking baby steps to help you overcome the overwhelm by setting your check-ins fairly regularly. Making your first goal post something readily attainable will help to increase your confidence, as well as your motivation to make it to the next milestone. Creating these assessment points also forces you to develop some sort of plan for your goal, rather than just hoping things will get better.

Review Regularly

Take time to regularly review your original goal in order to be sure it’s still working for you or that you’re even still on the right path. Sometimes we find ourselves set on achieving something that’s no longer in our best interests simply because we’re too stubborn or scared to assess our circumstances. Reflect honestly on where you’re going looking back on the milestones you’ve passed so far. If it feels right in your gut, keep on keeping on. Should something seem off or if you’re not making the progress you’d hoped, go back to the drawing board. Take notes on your situation, jotting down your ultimate desire and brainstorming steps to help you attain it. Then begin anew with your revised game plan.

Doing something is almost always better than doing nothing. This is true when facing times of change, for sure. Follow these suggestions for gaining control over the obstacles in your life and moving ahead one baby step at a time. You’ll soon see that what you want can be achieved and your troubles can be overcome.


I’ve put together a short training to guide you through my problem-solving steps. You can use this for any challenge or obstacle that has you overwhelmed and know how to move forward!