Episode 35 – Karolyn Blume, author of Eat the Elephant; Overcoming Overwhelm speaks with us about the topic of overwhelm. What is it? How can you recognize when you are in overwhelm and what can you do to escape its lethal grip? Karolyn shares how getting to know ourselves on a deep level and developing an awareness of what we do that triggers overwhelm can help us actually prevent it before it starts.
Entrepreneurs share several common triggers that trip us into overwhelm and, with awareness and practice, we can avoid them. Karolyn also shares strategies for working your way out of overwhelm if you do find yourself there. She wraps up the show with some excellent advice on actually retraining our brains to avoid overwhelm in the first place.
2:00 – Why eat the elephant?
4:00 – How to recognize when you are in overwhelm
7:00 – Tips for avoiding overwhelm
10:05 – Recognizing overwhelm as it’s coming – catch it before you are in knee-deep
12:00 – How busyness can be an excuse to not do the task at hand
16:00 – Is your perfectionism leading to overwhelm?
20:00 – Why getting to know yourself is important to stopping this enormous beast
22:45 – Strategies for working your way out of overwhelm
25:00 – Celebrating your victories and turning your ‘to-do’ list into a ‘ta-da’ list
Karolyn Vreeland Blume is a recovering attorney. After thirty-five years of practicing law and mediation, she realized that all conflict stems from how we see ourselves internally, and how we see ourselves in the context of the larger world. Now she uses that knowledge to help people discover that they can choose how they want to live. She demonstrates how people have more choices in life than they realize, and how to make the most of them.
She is the author of Eat the Elephant: Overcoming Overwhelm, where she shares her time-tested strategies for identifying the sources of overwhelm and managing the fallout that sabotages us every day.
Karolyn is an expert problem solver and a gifted strategist. She uses her keen insight as a consultant to individuals and corporations who are looking to improve productivity and quality of life. She served as an adjunct faculty member at several colleges, and is a founding member of Mediators Beyond Borders International. A native New Yorker, Karolyn lives and works in the Washington, DC area, where she uses the tools in her book on a daily basis.