The Hack Overwhelm IQ Matrix explores how to effectively work through feelings of overwhelm using four key principles. These principles include, first, recognizing your feelings of overwhelm and the struggles that are generating these feelings. Secondly, clarifying your goals, reasons, and perspective of the situation, then deciding how to proceed. Thirdly, assessing your strengths, skills, knowledge, and resources, then formulating solutions for overcoming overwhelm. And finally, commit to making key changes using several suggestions outlined within the map.
Here is a quick breakdown of each branch of the Hack Overwhelm IQ Matrix:
- RECOGNIZE: First, it’s essential to recognize your feelings of overwhelm. Overwhelm is when we feel like we’re unable to cope with present circumstances. This first branch walks you through how to recognize overwhelm and start taking control of your emotional responses.
- CLARIFY: The next phase for hacking overwhelm comes down to gaining the necessary clarity you need to move forward. Here you need to assess what it is you want, the reasons why you’re feeling overwhelmed, your perspective of the situation, and the next steps you will take.
- ASSESS: To successfully work through feelings of overwhelm you now need to assess what’s necessary and unnecessary. You also need to tap into your existing strengths, skills, knowledge and the resources you have at your disposal. Then you need to formulate various solutions that will help you to successfully work through your feelings.
- COMMIT: The final step is to commit. You need to make a commitment to take proactive action that will get you the desired result you are after. This comes down to being intentional, realistic, staying organized, and challenging yourself in a variety of ways.
This map provides a roadmap for hacking overwhelm. Referencing it regularly and committing it to memory will help you to embed these principles into your subconscious mind. Only in this way will you develop optimal habits of mind and patterns of behavior that will transform how you think and feel in various situations.
A mind map does this beautifully because it mirrors the synaptic connections made in your brain as you are trying to establish new habits of thought and behavior. It brings together key concepts and ideas that help your brain to fully integrate and process this information, thereby, rewiring itself as it attempts to establish new habits of mind. It’s the perfect tool for creating lasting change and transformation.