“I couldn’t sleep at all last night.” – Bobby Darrin, Tossin’and Turnin
Life gets unbalanced.
Things come at us from all directions.
Our mind wanders.
ANXIETY creeps in.
It gets difficult to stay in the PRESENT MOMENT.
Time to FIGHT back.
It’s time to kick anxiety to the curb.
Elite performers teach themselves how to tame chaos.
One of the best tactics I’ve learned to work through this is called, “Drain Your Brain.”
Jeffrey Gitomer writes about this in the “Little Gold Book of Yes! Attitude.”
This idea is simple, but highly effective.
When life gets HECTIC:
- Grab a writing tablet
- Write EVERYTHING down on paper you need to do.
From the $1,000,000 sales proposal you need to create to picking up your dry cleaning.
Don’t stop until:
- Everything is on paper.
- Your mind can’t think of anything else that needs to be done.
What does this do?
There is a therapeutic effect to getting your thoughts out of your mind and on to paper.
Your mind is now free to focus on SOLUTIONS rather than carry the weight of your to do list around.
This tactic literally clears up space in your brain that allows your PROBLEM SOLVING ability to kick in.
Your mind is freed.
Ideas pop into your head.
There is a quote that fits perfectly here, “The most tiring project is the one we never get to.”
Because our minds drag unfinished tasks around like a 50 pound backpack.
Empty your mental backpack.
Drain your brain.
Free your mind.
Free your life.
NEXT WEEK: Prioritize & Execute. How to turn your to-do list into a strategic game plan.