You’re treading water. You’re in the deep. You’re swimming, but just barely. Then you see it. You see a massive wave rolling your way. You know you’re about to be overwhelmed.
The wave is a massive project, an unanticipated problem, a huge to do list. And it’s coming your way. You can do one of two things. You can dread the wave and prepare to be overwhelmed and drowned in the payload of water and work.
Or you can grab a surf board, position yourself, and ride the wave. Yes, your hands, feet, and every other body part will be holding on for dear life. But at least you’ll be riding the wave instead of tumbling beneath it.
There are just those times in our lives when circumstances get overwhelming. I’m in one of those moments now. As I blog this, I have two hours left in my work day and I’ve only accomplished 5% of my to do list. There are problems cropping up left and right. And it’s not going to get better in the next month. It’s going to get worse. My wave is Echo Conference 2013. And the crest is July 24th.
So I can either stare at my looming to do list as it sweeps over me. Or I can make a conscious decision that I’ll ride this wave. I choose the latter.
I give up a little bit of control and just move. I react. I balance. I let the water splash and spray me but I keep going. I’m going to ride this wave until completion. It won’t consume me or overwhelm me.
Yes, I’ll be worn out when the wave is finally done. But I won’t be coughing up water. I’ll be basking in the rush I just experienced.
You don’t have to be overwhelmed.