Lisa Robbin Young

Once upon a time, I ran ten miles and no one was chasing me.

It was a bucket list thing, to run the Bobby Crim 10-mile road race in my hometown. So I suited up and, in a matter of just over 2.5 hours, managed to lose about 4 pounds. Ha.

I also learned a lot about how to manage yourself as you combat overwhelm. Because, believe me, I wanted to quit MANY times. I have never been a professional runner. I barely trained for that race. But I finished. And the lessons I learned running that race can help YOU defeat overwhelm and keep momentum going when things get hard.

This is the second episode in a Summer-long series about dealing with aspects of Underearning. Want more help? Overcoming Underearning for Creative Entrepreneurs starts this week!

What do you do when you feel overwhelmed?

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Race photos:, Hovershots APV

Music: "Welcome to the Show" by Kevin MacLeod
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This is Season Four, Episode Three. The overwhelm episode. Overwhelm is a common trap for creative entrepreneurs caught in an underearning cycle. What can you do when you're knee deep in a project (or multiple projects) and have to keep going? Lisa shares what she learned running her first (and only) 10-mile foot race about how to keep momentum when you get overwhelmed.

This is the second episode in a Summer-long series that deals with different aspects and triggers for underearning. If you want to take this learning deeper, consider joining Overcoming Underearning for Creative Entrepreneurs.

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Show Notes

01:06 - How running The Crim (as an overweight 26-year old) gave me a new perspective on dealing with overwhelm.

03:38 - The importance of a finish line in a race (and your work).

07:12 - The "Heartbreak Hill" of overwhelm, and how to get from the start to the finish through even the toughest part of your "race" - even if it's not sexy.

12:15 - Why running together is a different race than running alone, and how that impacts the way you deal with overwhelm.

17:11 - The reasons the 3 creative types can't give up control or accept help - and how to see things differently.

20:14 - The art of delegation - it may not be what you think it is.

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Music: "Welcome to the Show" by Kevin MacLeod
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 // Dealing With Task Overwhelm. A Special #SundaySong Tribute. #300songs

Never before, and probably never again am I

gonna do something like this.

Give a look at this week's video. If

You have ever had projects that you felt like giving

up on, I challenge you to think differently. You'll

never experience success if you keep saying you're

gonna get to it "someday."

Let yourself off the hook!

You deserve a little bit of time to clear your head - maybe some

down time, sure - but if you keep quitting before you start, you'll

never get where you want to go. I'm

gonna share with you a little secret... When you

run through this video, you'll see what I mean. Somewhere

around the 1:13 mark, you'll find out my "third approach"

and how it can help you get through task overwhelm. If you feel lost in the

desert on the number of projects you've got on your plate,

you are not alone. Just remember that quitting is

never the answer. It's gonna take stamina, it's

gonna take determination, it's gonna take sweat equity to

make your dreams come true.

You deserve to stand tall and own your dreams. Don't

cry about missed opportunities. Keep pressing on!

Never give up on what really matters. I'm

gonna say that again. Never give up on what really matters!

Say to yourself that you're worth it! Say

"goodbye" to negative thinking. You're

never going to entertain those thoughts again. You're

gonna take the world by storm!

Tell everyone about your awesome new plan...

a plan that will give you power over overwhelm. Don't

lie around waiting for "someday" to sneak up

and leave you high and dry. Get over your

hurt and let the world know how lucky we are to have

you in it!

(Or just watch the video and it will all become clear)

Subscribe to Lisa’s YouTube Channel | More from the 300 Songs Project // If you keep quitting before you start, you'll never get where you want to go. Lisa Robbin Young #ownyourdreams

Next week, my children are home for Spring break. #CalgonTakeMeAway

Actually, they get a jump start on spring break this Friday, and my soon-to-be 7 year old will have a half day on Thursday.

Is this any way for me to get my work done?

We have yet to have a single week since 2013 began where both children were in school for the entire week. Between snow days, sick days, and school suspensions (*facepalm*), either one or both of them have been home at least one day every week since the beginning of the year.

Can you say FRUSTRATING?

I sure can.

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