Stop the world – I want to get off!

Ever since the launch of the Wells International Foundation, I’ve been living on the edge of overwhelm.

I’m completely psyched about the foundation, but every day I get clearer and clearer on the sheer enormity of what I’m doing – and it’s scary!

I’m taking inspired action, but I feel “fuzzy around the edges.”

And from time to time, my heart starts to race and I know that anxiety is trying to manifest itself.

I know that this is completely normal. And I know that I can deal with it.

The question is:

Can I do it efficiently, effectively, and GRACEFULLY?

Or will I turn into a shrieking shrew that is so wound up about everything that I make my personal life miserable for me and my husband?

I want to see tangible progress at the end of every day.

I want to dive into my never-ending and perpetually lengthening to-do list and start implementing and checking things off because of the little rush this gives you. But where I really need to be spending my time these days is at the 30,000-foot level, where I can decide what’s most important and to whom I can delegate it.

And to do it, I feel like stepping out onto my balcony and screaming:

“Stop the world – I want to get off!”

This is classic for businesses in a phase of rapid growth. Are you there right now? If you are, breathe with me!

If you’re not, take note of what I’m saying here so that you can use it when you do get there!

Here’s how I recommend that you deal with the “Rapid Growth Syndrome” (based on what’s working for me):

1. Continue with your rituals to keep yourself as centered as possible. (My morning and evening rituals are my oasis – my “calm in the storm.”)

2. Go back to your brain dumps, mind maps, or whatever tools you use more frequently so you can re-prioritize your goals and projects.

What made perfect sense last week may be nonsensical today.

Or an idea that you wrote down “on the fly” a couple of weeks ago and forgot about may just be the perfect thing to address this week.

3. Give your ideas time to breathe. Sometimes it’s hard to know when to act on the spur of the moment and when to let things lie for a bit. If you’re going to err in this, err on the side of caution.

4. Seek council from your mentors. This is absolutely the wrong time to try to do things on your own.

If you don’t have a mentor, now is a great time to find one.

5. Rely on your accountability partner.

Even with the best systems in place, you can forget things or continue to postpone things (perhaps unwittingly) that need to be brought front and center.

Your accountability partner can provide the additional check that keeps you on track.

If you don’t have one, now is a great time to find one.

6. Make decisions and act on them!

If you get something “wrong,” you can course correct before it gets out of control.

When you get something right, no matter how small, CELEBRATE!

7. Remember that “the joy is in the journey.”

You’ll never get things perfect and you’ll never finish, so make up your mind to have fun along the way!

If your business is in a phase of rapid growth, leave a comment and share your challenges!

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Hi. I’m Monique, the founder of Making Productivity Easy. I help business owners find peace through productivity by taming their runaway businesses so they can once again enjoy the empires they’ve created. Let’s connect: Check out my full bio, schedule a Discovery Session or join the community on Facebook.


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