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Help! 3 Steps to Stop the Merry-go-round!

Are you feeling overwhelmed by all the roles you play in your business?

Is it starting to get dizzying and nauseous? There is so much to do and so much information on how to do it that it is easy to stay stuck, do nothing and get nowhere! In such a state you are hardly likely to go out there and get clients.

I am sharing with you three steps I have taken, to overcome such overwhelm and frustration. I recommend that you review your operations and take these steps often. Use this as your “Return to Sanity” check list if you like!

1. Stop the merry-go-round

Take a day off (or however long you need) to evaluate your situation. Go somewhere different from your usual work place and answer these questions:

  • What are you aiming for? What is your most important goal right now? Remember to be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and tangible.
  • What is stopping you?
  • What options do you have to move beyond this?
  • Who can help you?
  • What is the best option?
  • When will you get started?
  • To whom can you be accountable?
  • How will you track your progress?
  • How will you reward your progress?

Taking time out, in a different location can help you handle things from a new, refreshing and empowering perspective. You are your biggest asset. You certainly need the nurturing! You might find it helpful to go with a friend, or you may benefit more from the solitude. This could be as simple as a leisurely musing while taking a walk in the park, or as exotic as a weekend getaway! It has always worked well for me!


2. Find one guide and follow them

I have met business owners on a myriad of courses, following several “big names,” attending every latest conference, signing up for the latest guru’s  freebies, engaged in a frenzy of activity and who are generally not getting very far! Is it any wonder? I realized early in my entrepreneurial journey that I only needed one guide at a time. How can you possibly get anywhere when you have a collection of gurus, all pointing you in different directions (and possibly competing for your bucks!)? I recommend that you work with just one coach or mentor at any given time, to commit fully to the work you do together and to get the most from it. I have worked with several coaches and mentors, one at a time and this has helped me make great progress.


3. Work on one thing at a time

I know we have very many “compartments” as business owners – work; family; relationships; spirituality; contribution etc. Each one of these is important to us. However, if we devote our energy to the area that is most urgently calling for attention, when we “fix” this, all the others benefit as well! Improving your health, for instance, will positively affect your work, which could also affect your finances, family life and relationships. Working on my business model this year has helped me make very profitable changes. There are other parts of my life and business in need of attention, but this has made the biggest difference for me. I recommend that you pick one thing at a time, apply yourself to it, get the best return on the investment of your resources and avoid the paralyzing states of overwhelm and confusion!


Do you sometimes feel as if you are on some fast-paced merry-go-round and desperate to get off? How do you cope? What has worked for you? What advice would you offer to someone just starting out in business, to prevent the “Merry-go-round” situation? Please share your winning tips with us in the comments box below!

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  1. Susan says

    The word “one” is what stood out to me in your advice: “one” guru, “one” focus… I think I have far too many things going on and I am going to look for opportunities to focus on “one” as often as possible.

  2. Oma Edoja says

    Glad you found the article helpful, Susan.
    You can be proactive and “create” those opportunities instead of “looking” for them!

    All the best,

    Oma Edoja