Can You Overdo It – is it possible to take too much action?

Can you Overdo It with too much action?

At ActionPodcast we believe that small things, consistently done produce extraordinary results – so is it possible to overdo it? Those small steps can start to build strong momentum, so is there such a thing as taking too much action?

There are two aspects to consider when you are taking massive action towards a project or outcome that you want – one is focus, and the other is natural rhythm.

If your focus remains fixed on only one action, and all your energy and effort are directed towards that point, then you could be losing sight of how this action fits within the bigger picture of what you want to achieve.

Likewise, if you ignore the human need for the natural ebb and flow of energy – the need to expel energy and then recharge, you could find yourself feeling burnt out or frustrated and guilty because you can’t maintain that pace indefinitely.

How Not To Overdo It

Taking time out to recharge is an essential part of any action plan, and it can be helpful to think of the cycle of the Seasons as a metaphor for this. The type and level of energy we need to invest varies through Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter, and this cycle is something that can play out repeatedly during a larger or more longer-term goals that we’re working towards.

Allowing ourselves this ‘downtime’ not only recharges our batteries (making us more effective when we move back into action), but it also gives us the chance to step back and examine our area of focus, and to shift it if needs be. If we are lacking sufficient times to recharge or the perspective to check whether our action is moving us in the best direction, then we increase the chances that we might appear to overdo it.

Join Chris & Sam in this podcast as they explore effective ways to put boundaries around your recharge time, and ensure that you are focusing your action in the best way.

Thanks to Mark @StarbirdTV for his brilliant inspiration!

Guilt Trip – Tips on How to Respond

family guilt trip

(No offence intended in sharing this caption!)

Guilt trips are usually the result of us being judged by someone who feels we haven’t done, agreed with or been what they think we should. The person judging us then makes their disappointment clear in an overt attempt to make us feel guilty for whatever it is they think we’ve done wrong – and hopefully get us to change our minds.

These comments can be very pressurising and, particularly if repeated, can make us feel very uncomfortable or even manipulated. It can be helpful to try and understand why some people attempt to guilt trip us in this way, and then look at some ways we can respond effectively.

This great topic comes from one of our listeners, Tamworth, via twitter and includes some examples of how people can lay the guilt trip on thick.

Guilt Trippers – Why Do They Throw Guilt?

Guilt trippers or guilt throwers may or may not be aware that they are being judgemental in this way, but are even less likely to understand the reasons why they are doing it in the first place.

Often, it is an unconscious belief or fear they have, that they are projecting on to us – i.e. it is their issue!Continue reading

The Emotional Impact of Falling Behind

A major area of stress in our lives in trying to cope with ‘all the things that need to get done’. The challenges of trying to keep up with it all can be compounded when you start to feel guilty or overworked by constantly trying to catch up.

In this podcast, Sam and Chris explore the emotional impact of falling behind and simple shifts you can make to minimise the impact and quickly get back on track.

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Why wait to treat yourself?

Paul talks to Gina about his recent time away relaxing and ponders on why we feel the need to earn the right to treat ourselves. It’s great to celebrate our achievements but getting through each day is often cause enough to treat yourself.