Desperation can lead to awesomeness if you don’t get overwhelmed.
I’m fairly desperate right now. In 3 months, if something doesn’t change, I’m going to be homeless.
Naturally, I’m doing everything I can to prevent that. I have a GoFundMe, and I’m working my ass off to get things done, encourage jobs out of my family (along with side hustles) and generally running around like a chicken with its head cut off.
I’m overwhelmed. Which makes me less effective than I need to be.
I cannot personally be everywhere, or do everything. And neither can you. No matter how desperate you are, focus only on what you can control. It will be difficult, no doubt about it…but you will become more and more effective.
The number one way to beat overwhelm is to focus.
Easier said than done once desperation kicks in. Give yourself a little bit of time with this one, your brain is flooded with a variety of chemicals, which can either cause you to super focus or become scatterbrained.
I tend to fall into scatterbrained, so I have to really work at staying focused on only the things I can do and the few things I can control. Part of that scatterbrained feeling is my chronic illnesses flaring up because my schedule gets out of whack. They also really make it hard to focus, even on a good day.
Desperation can cause you to think outside the box if your brain isn’t overshadowed by that icky feeling of overwhelm. The brain will make connections you never thought of, but it can take some time — and focus.