How to find your way past overwhelm

© 2021 Elaine France

“What do you do when you wake up and feel overwhelmed?” was a question I got last year when I was talking with a group of start-up social entrepreneurs, just as lockdown started.

They were starting to turn the seeds of their ideas into self-sustaining businesses and we were exploring resilience for their ‘entrepreneur’s journey’.

Nearly one year on, as individuals living through these peculiar times, and as entrepreneurs, I think the question is more relevant than ever: because resilience comes from the capacity to flex, adapt, connect to your problem-solving creativity and bringing new perspectives.

Still, no matter how deep your resilience resources, some days just start with that feeling of overwhelm. And so, how do you find your way forward?

Breathe in. Breathe out.

For a few moments, reconnect with the fact that you are unprecedented.
Admittedly the enormity of contemplating that there has only ever been a you, right here and now, not another before and not another coming after…does mess with your perception, a bit like a Max Escher staircase.

I know of nothing simpler though, or a gentler and more powerful a starting point than this, as a way to be present, let go, change direction, trust yourself to take a leap of faith and do things differently. You are a point of light in an unfolding cosmos, on this pale blue dot. A fractal of energy, rising and falling and rearranging.

It takes a nanosecond to practice, acting like a love-bomb filling you with colour and courage. The more you practice it, the more choices you get back, the more resilient you are — having the capacity to adapt in a constantly changing environment — softening into trust.

And this trusting and loving of the energy that is living through you, is a step in the right direction of loving the planet that breathes you unconditionally: creating the expansion that’s needed to unlock the unique blend of you.

Practicing ‘unprecedented’ gives you a different kind of courage because it’s not about ego (please note, feeling loved by feeling credible will frequently keep you trapped and get in the way of your best problem-solving). The best leaders and problem-solvers I’ve ever worked with and met, have been the humblest of people; and (from experience) the entrepreneur’s journey will take your ego and jump up and down on it, until you give in, let go, ask for help and keep on asking.

Reflecting on being unprecedented, is an invitation to think about how and where you want to show-up, to take the risk on allowing yourself the time to be deeply connected to others, to slow down long enough to be authentically you, which will fuel your engine of imagination and creativity, as essential ingredients for generating solutions.

More so perhaps, not only are you unprecedented in this bend of time and space, but so is the person next to you, the blade of grass, this year’s Spring flowers, the butterfly, the baby just born in a warzone, the families risking everything in the hope of something better. Once you pause to see it like this, you realise how precious the web of life is and how knitted into it you are. You start to own your story. This ‘unprecedented’ within you, is also ‘unprecedented’ in everything around you.

Tell someone else today that they are unprecedented, especially a kiddo and watch their reaction.

Martha Graham in her letter to Agnes De Mille wrote, “There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost.”

Don’t block it.

Take a breath.

Start with unprecedented.

It’s a point of light, reconnecting you to Love as the ultimate disruptive innovation, realigning you with your creativity as your spectacular blend of life purpose.

You are unprecedented.

And you are who is needed to take action for people and planet.

You are more than enough, exactly as you are, in this moment.

If you’d like to explore connecting to be unprecedented you, then check out the webpage and get in touch to talk about ‘I Am Unprecedented’ coaching.




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