3 Steps To Deal With Overwhelm When Releasing Your First Song!

mindset music release Jun 15, 2022

Have you ever been so overwhelmed that you look at everything you have to do and although you're excited about releasing that first song... the overwhelm kicks in! Fear, self-doubt, there is just so much to do, learn, organise, and so in the end .. it's easier to do nothing... but then you feel guilty because everyone else seems to be able to do it? Well, you're not alone, and many of those artists who manage to get out their first song undoubtedly struggled with a lot of the same feelings. 

There are still days in this Shape Music business where I feel overwhelmed. This week is one of those weeks. I feel like there is so much to do, so little time to do it, and I feel like I don't even know where to start! But the difference is that I have felt this many times in my life, and I have put measures in place to help me move past it. My students tell me that they feel like the process of releasing their first song is just so overwhelming that they don't bother to start because they just don't know where to start. 

So I want to give you the 3 steps that I always go back to when I am feeling overwhelmed. It's always these 3 steps that get my butt moving and into gear.

1. Write a list and arrange them in order of importance: First and foremost, when you've got so much going on in your head, and you're overwhelmed by all of the things you need to do to get that first song released, the very first thing you need to do is take out a pen and write them down! Next, you have to organise your thoughts, put them into a to-do list, and then write them down. You might be thinking, but Kristy, what if I don't really know what to do? Write down all of the things that you know you have to do. This will show you the gap, and when you see that there is something you need to learn, add it to your to-do list.

There is something magical in getting things down on paper. Once they are written down, I feel that sense of overwhelm die down a little. It's much easier to process things written down in front of you than to process the thoughts in your head. We have hundreds of thousands of thoughts a day, so getting clear about what you need to do is the first and most crucial step. 

Whenever I have too much going on, I get out my iPad or google doc, and I start writing them down. This will lighten its weight in your head, which contributes to overwhelm. I know this sounds super easy, and I know most of you won't do it, but if you're here reading this, what do you have to lose? Get the pen out and start writing! 

2. Choose 3 goals to focus on and then break them down: When you are blessed with a creative brain, sometimes it does this little thing that I like to call the runaway brain. The runaway brain makes it very hard to focus, and when you try to focus on everything, well, you end up focusing on nothing. So once you have your to-do list on paper, the next step is to choose three things that you will work on achieving for the next 3 months. You have to accept that you can't move forward super quickly when you aren't working with a team of people. Once you have organised your thoughts into your to-do list, choose three of those and then it's time to break them down. 

Now, as silly as this sounds, this part of the process shocked me the most. I have done a lot of study on successful people and their habits, and this one thing stung me to my core. You gotta break those 3 goals down into achievable steps. Now I do this quarterly, and then from there, I break them into weekly and then daily goals. Success doesn't come without work, and when I found out that I had to break these goals down into actual little steps and then follow them, my initial reaction was nup! I'm out. But I always remember why I am doing something, and I have talked about knowing your why in previous episodes. Knowing why I am doing it gives me the motivation to take action.

So look at your list, choose 3 goals and then break them down into achievable steps. This becomes your task list. This is the only way you're going to achieve them. Once you start doing focused work, you will begin to gain traction, and that traction is one of the keys to releasing your first song.

3. You MUST take action - Start with a 5-minute commitment: When I first started this journey of self-improvement, I struggled so much with procrastination that even when I had the answers in front of me, it felt almost impossible to take action. But having all the knowledge in the world means nothing when you don't pair it with action. 

When I started out, I would start by committing to just 5 minutes. I would make the agreement with myself that I would just work for 5 minutes and anything after that was a bonus. The best thing that I learned from building that habit was 9 times out of 10; I wouldn't stop at 5 minutes because I would get on a roll. Still, to this very day, I have to use my 5-minute rule to get me started in the morning because I still procrastinate. I still don't feel like doing anything some days. I have now programmed my brain just to start! Take massive action! Once you start, it gets easier. 

Remember, knowledge is nothing without action. It's one thing to know what to do and have a half-ass attempt at it, but it's a whole other world to assess, plan and take action. 

I believe that overwhelm comes from all different things including fear, laziness, lack of self-confidence, self-doubt, and lack of motivation. Whichever one it is for you, go back to the 3 steps above and implement them! Take action. 

So when it comes to releasing your first song, and you feel entirely overwhelmed, remember the steps. 

1. Write all of the things in your head down and create your to-do list

2. Choose 3 things at a time to work on. If they are big, give yourself a timeframe (a realistic one) and break them down into achievable goals and create your task list.

3. Take ACTION! Without action, none of the above even matters. 

Drop a comment and let me know if you feel overwhelmed trying to release your first song, and if so, what are some things you have tried to combat the feeling?

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