When a task overwhelms me, I remember that I am fully capable of accomplishing my goals.
I have a deep desire to reach my full potential, so I challenge myself by going outside my comfort zone. This is good! I applaud myself for taking the risks that I need to take in order to grow and develop fully as a creative, productive human being.
I recognize, however, that stretching myself in this way may mean that I get into situations where I feel like what I am attempting to accomplish is beyond me; it appears to be out of my reach. I can begin questioning my plans. My mind may drift and start telling me “I have bitten off more than I can chew.” This is where I must remind myself, I am not afraid of these situations because I know how to handle them, plus I am very capable of doing so.
Any task can be broken down into manageable pieces. When I am confronted with a challenge that seems insurmountable, I sit down and make a plan that divides the work into chunks that I know I can handle. It does not look as large and I am only going to concentrate on it a little step at a time. I focus on the piece that is right in front of me, staying in the moment, finishing up the first piece of my task before moving to the next part of it. I am giving it my full attention to avoid dissipating my energy by worrying about something that has yet to come.
If I get to a point where the task in front of me is beyond my skill level, I am open to asking for help. I have learned one of my greatest tools is seeking out the insights, wisdom, skills and information housed in others. I am unashamed of the fact that I may need help because I see these times as opportunities to learn and grow.
Since I know how to break a task into manageable pieces, and because I am open to asking for help, I approach each new challenge with confidence.
1. When faced with a task, do you first break it down into bite-sized pieces?
2. Who do you know that could help you if and when you need help?
3. Are you actually willing to ask for help?
3. How open are you listening to new ideas, insight or wisdom?
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