This was me last night, I literally mean last night, (September 30, 2015) I was stressed, my head was aching, my thoughts were swimming. I felt like I was going into a meltdown- not emotionally- but mentally. I was drained and didn’t know what to do because I am in the middle of planning for a product launch, and the same mind that feels overwhelmed is still churning out ideas. It’s addictive and I didn’t want to stop.

I had my foot on the pedal. My mind was the ultimate sports car and it has been racing through the possibilities of what this launch can do for the world. FINALLY I’m going to launch an online course to help people come up with ideas. FINALLY I’m going to be able to reach out and make a difference in the lives of others- I’m going to help them make their dreams come true! FINALLY I’m going to help people discover that idea that will change their world! FINALLY!!!

It’s like the Fast and Furious Franchise in my mind, except all the movies are on at the same time. I’m being driven crazy. Pun intended.

I am in my own personal candy store and my mind is gobbling up the possibilities. But with so little time to plan and so many tasks to do- I need to shuffle fast, my mind is moving faster, my fingers aren’t typing or writing fast enough. Caffeine? I don’t need caffeine- I’m on an idea high, you want some of what I am smoking. I’ve got the jitters, I get called for dinner and I feel like screaming “I DON’T WANT ANY DINNER! GO AWAY! I’M HIGH ON IDEAS!”

I’m frantic, I’m irritable, I’m losing focus… too many things are going on at the same time… I am feeling suffocated. My foot is still on the accelerator, I can’t see the road anymore, I can’t see anything anymore- I’M OVERWHELMED. And then I stopped. I made the decision to stop, put my foot on the brakes and get out the car.

I put my ipad and laptop away, my note book and pen were abandoned. I got into the bath, got out, turned off the lights and got into bed. You see, I should know better- I’ve taught people not to get overwhelmed by ideas- to give their minds a break so that incubation can take place in the subconscious- but here I am on the verge of insanity.

FINALLY a moment of clarity. My fear of not having a perfect launch, is no longer greater than my fear of not launching if my mind goes into stasis. Stasis is bad. Over Stimulation is bad… I need to quit the idea candy for a while. So I woke up this morning, went for a walk and didn’t listen to my usual entrepreneurial cocaine- the podcast “Entrepreneur on Fire.” We are avoiding stimulation- remember.

I won’t lie, I’m dying to get back into launch prep- I’m itching to get back into it- but I know better. Time to do rehab. Just one day to re-set my mind and get it back into shape. If you’re in the same place I was- you need rehab too. So take a break! Or you’ll break your mind.

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