What to Do When You’re Spinning Out of Control

Natalie MacNeil on how to regain control amidst chaos

“I am way too busy.”

“I took on too much.”

“There is NO WAY I can keep all of this going.”

Any of this sound familiar?

If you’re at the point where your business is really moving and shaking, but you feel like it’s turning into a crazy carnival ride that you can’t get off, it’s time for you to take back control. (Click to tweet!)

It’s pretty rare that you just wake up one day and the ride you’re on (your business or life) is spinning out of control. There are usually signs well before things head off the rails, like you’re not sleeping well, you feel snappish, or you develop a mortal fear of opening your inbox.

Here’s the deal: when things get out of control (as they sometimes do) YOU ALWAYS HAVE A CHOICE. You can choose to slow things down, to change how you’re approaching the situation, to just take some time for yourself.

In today’s episode of She Takes on the World TV, I’m going to show you 4 ways you can regain a sense of control and even learn to relish this exciting, crazy stage of growth in your business. So, take a deep breath and join me for the video below:



To watch this week’s video, go to: http://youtu.be/w2u_3nWWFdg

Okay, let’s recap. Here are the important steps you can take to get your life and business back on track, continue to make big things happen, and not feel completely overwhelmed:

  1. First, know that it happens to all of us. It’s happened to me during crazy periods of growth; it’s happened to anyone who’s ever tried to create something big and exciting in the world.
  2. Be grateful for being overwhelmed. It’s better than being underwhelmed, right?! The last thing you want to do when you’re experiencing success is to tell the universe, “Whoa, I totally can’t handle this!”
  3. Don’t forget how powerful you really are, because you can choose to change the situation that you’re in. As my friend Danielle LaPorte said during my interview with her, “Everything that’s on your plate is there because you said ‘yes’ to it.” If that client is winding you up, you can let them go. You can hire a virtual assistant to help you out, you can go on a digital diet, opt out of that fifth social media platform, say no to the free workshop you offered to teach. And you can do it with grace and in a way that people are always going to be understanding. Got it? You’re in charge!
  4. Remember that you’re not Superwoman and you can’t save the world all by yourself. You need a support system behind you, and you can get help on everything from writing blog posts and managing your website to having someone do your household errands. This will free up your time to focus on the things that really matter and drive you forward.

My actionable for you this week is to write down three things you can say no to or get off your plate to give yourself some breathing room, AND three things that you are grateful for even though you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by them. Then share those things in a comment below!


Remember, you get to choose how you run your business and navigate your life. I have absolute faith that you can do it with grace, even when things are spinning fast!

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9 thoughts on “What to Do When You’re Spinning Out of Control

  1. Hi Natalie,
    Great video, and very timely! I am in the midst of a big surge in my entrepreneurial life right now.

    I can say no to:
    1) checking my e-mail too frequently–twice per day would be OK
    2) watching every free training video that comes into my inbox
    3) painting my apartment…I can hire someone to do it since it is not a passion project of mine.

    I am SOOOOO grateful for:
    1) having my first 3 health and wellness speaking engagements booked over the next 30 days (one is in Puerto Rico!!). I am crazy nervous, but they will be good for boosting my confidence.
    2) having supportive people in my life who understand that I am very busy right now and they don’t make me feel bad for it.
    3) making an income while working from home. It has increased my quality of life tremendously.

    Have a great day!

    1. Thank you for sharing Laura, and I love your gratitude list! I whole-heartedly support less frequent email checking! I just had someone paint my place so yes, get that off your plate too. In terms of video watching, it’s so easy to get caught up spending hours watching videos although I appreciate you watching mine 😉

  2. Natalie — thank you so much for the reminder to be grateful for the success that I have invited!

    I’ll be saying no to checking Facebook more than once a day, getting distracted by every call that goes to voicemail, and letting other people’s stuff stay in my space.

    I am so very glad right now that I break rules that aren’t working for me, that I’m streamlining my process, and that I’m surrounded by loving, supportive people in my life.

  3. I’ve actually been saying “no” a lot recently! Like most of us, I was brought up to be a smiley, polite “yes” woman, so it’s been a big step (still working on it). The most effective thing I’ve done so far is to say no to taking calls while I’m working. I used to automatically answer when it was my mom or grandmother (because it would be “rude” not to) but I was giving the impression that I was available all the time and my working time wasn’t that important. I started using the “do not disturb” setting on my iPhone. It took several weeks to not feel guilty, but now I know I can just call back at the end of the day and I don’t need to apologize for it!

    I’m so grateful to be busy working my tush off getting some article ideas together to put into query letters. I’ve decided to finally go for it and do some freelance journalism.

    Just discovered your site a couple of days ago and I am LOVING your videos!

    1. A big welcome to our community Lauren! I’m so thrilled to have you here, and thanks so much for commenting too 🙂 Saying no is oh-so-hard, especially when you were always one of the “nice girls.” Boundaries give you the space to expand into your greatness though, and that’s powerful stuff. Again, welcome! I hope to see you around here more often.

  4. HI Natalie,

    Great episode, thanks for sharing.

    I’m grateful for my VAs, even thought it feels overwhelming at times spending extra time on clear communication and training, I know in the long-term in will pay off as they will be able to take more off my plate.

    I’m grateful for my clients as each new project bring creative challenge, learning opportunities and income for me and my family.

    I’m grateful for videos like this one, which give me something new to think about and ways to improve myself and my business, although some days it feels really tight to find any time to watch or read blogs.

    What I need to eliminate is me ever saying yes to anything without first checking and load/capacity planner and my diary!


  5. Hi Natalie!

    This is the first time I am writing a comment on your site, but I have been in love with your website for some months now!

    This post came at the PERFECT time! I have been stressing about A LOT of things lately, and you have helped cure that stress by two words: being thankful. It’s amazing that I have been overly stressed because GOOD things have been happening! haha. I have been so busy being upset by all of the different events going on in my life, that I didn’t even stop to realize that I am stressing over POSITIVE things!

    I am extremely thankful for this post, and I cannot wait for the next one!

  6. Feeling overwhelm is less of a problem since I removed the hands from my clock. Seriously.

    Now I carry on doing something for as long (or as short) as I am enjoying it and it contributes to my bigger picture.

    And strangely, despite no hands on my clock, I’m always on time for appointments, as if a kind of sixth sense develops to take care of that.

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