Do You Bite Off More Than You Can Chew?

Did you ever take on more than you could handle and then find yourself overwhelmed–if not paralyzed–by the enormity of the responsibility? It happens to most of us at one time or another, but it happens to some of us much of the time.

One FOFriend never says “no” when a new client wants to use her services, but since she can’t possibly pay proper attention to all of them she dashes from one to another–via email and phone–hoping none of them will notice how little she’s actually accomplishing. Rather than confess she’s overwhelmed, she deludes herself into thinking her constant movement is productive.

What’s sad is that she’s a very capable woman who is undermining her own skills.

Another FOF, who is going through financial stresses in her life, has become so desperate to make money, she takes on jobs that she isn’t suited for, and then freezes. She also can’t let go of her former success on TV, which further prevents her from moving on. She relives her glory days, instead of trying to create new glories.

Life is cram packed with complications. When we make it even more complicated by jumping right into situations,  rather than taking a little time to calmly assess, and reassess, our next moves, we frequently do ourselves more harm than good.


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2 Responses to “Do You Bite Off More Than You Can Chew?”

  1. BeautyJones (@BeautyJonesToo) says:

    This is such a tough lesson to learn. I have so much trouble not over-committing in life. Thanks for posting about it, because I needed the reminder.



  2. Joni says:

    I discovered one day recently that I’ve finally developed some “I don’t care what people think.” And so because of this, I can now much more easily say NO.

    I believe what got me to not really caring anymore was not just aging. It was finally reaching a point in my life where I truly love what I’m doing and feel confident in it. And it didn’t involve taking care of other’s needs like we do when we raise children.


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