Overwhelmed? Remember: One Pile At A Time

Imagine this scene for a moment. 

An unruly, wild, and forgotten garden. 

A space neglected for over 20 years, left to be swallowed up by time and nature. 

A jigsaw of chaotic elements, each one competing for dominance.

It was a playground for weeds, the fence posts glued, absurdly, to the neighbour’s wall. 

Patio slabs were thrown on top of each other, a makeshift solution to a more complex problem.

It was a garden in name only, more a testament to years of ignorance and neglect.

That was my garden. That was the challenge I faced.

The task to restore it to its former glory was a Herculean one. 

Each glance at the disarray only seemed to amplify the enormity of the task. 

Every weed, every overgrown bush was a reminder of how much work lay ahead.

And it was overwhelming. I felt buried under the weight of what needed to be done.

It was then my wife, in her wisdom, offered a simple piece of advice.

“Just move one pile of soil at a time.”

So, with a deep breath, I got into the digger. 

And I focused on one pile. 

Just one.

Then, I moved onto the next one. And the next. And the one after that.

By the end of the weekend, I stood back and surveyed the scene. 

And, to my surprise, the garden was transformed. 

All those insurmountable piles had been moved, one by one.

Maybe you’re feeling like I did looking at that garden. 

Your business, your projects, your tasks, all seeming too much.

My advice to you is the same my wife gave to me: Just focus on one pile at a time.

Do the next small thing you can. 

That’s how mountains are moved and gardens are transformed.

Mike Killen

Mike is the world's #1 sales coach for marketing funnel builders. He helps funnel builders sell marketing funnels to their customers. He is the author of From Single To Scale; How single-person, small and micro-businesses can scale their business to profit. You can find him on Twitter @mike_killen.