RESOLVE TO EVOLVE: Feeling Stressed and Anxious May Be Signs of Your Time to Evolve

by Renee Trudeau

Last week I woke up feeling anxious and stressed-out. My thoughts were spinning out of control. A band of mice was running in circles in my head singing a frantic version of the old familiar, “Too much to do and not enough time!” It’s true. I am juggling—not by choice, but by circumstance—several large-scale, time-sensitive projects simultaneously. And I don’t see how they’re all going to get done. I’m feeling stretched to my very limits. I’m being called to let go and expand like never before. 

Moving beyond our comfort zone can feel messy and take us to places we’ve never been before (including the far away land I call, “How the hell did I end up here and how do I get back to the way things were before?!”).

Ever visited here?

It seems many of us are being called to grow and change right now. Are you finding that some of your habits, patterns and/or ways of relating to others no longer work? Noticing that some of your processes or systems have become obsolete? Maybe it’s time to evolve. I invite you to step back, pause and consider three questions:

  •  What in my business, career or life is no longer working for me?
  • What in my professional or personal life do I need to release and let go of— for good? n What truth about myself, my career (or business) or my life am I refusing to hear? What do you observe? Are you allowing and embracing growth or are you running from it as fast as you can? Whenever I’m in a period of expansion—whether it’s professional, personal or spiritual—I always take comfort in the reminder that, “Often we have to break down before we can break through.”

         In The Energy of Money, author Maria Nemeth says there’s nothing wrong with hard work. However, you can work hard from a place of ease (meaning you’re  in alignment with a larger purpose) or from a place of struggle (are you forcing an outcome?). When we’re challenged to evolve, embrace a new way of being and come into the highest expression of who we are, we’ll usually find:

  • Support will begin to show up to help us get to where we need to go next (just make sure you don’t turn it away like I’ve been known to do in the past!).
  • We feel a blend of fear and anxiety AND excitement and anticipation (my presence coach Frances says anytime we grow, anxiety is a natural part of the process).
  • It serves us well to seek the ongoing support and counsel of mentors and wise sages who can help us see the big picture, stay grounded and keep perspective.
  • We weather this period more easily if we are kind and compassionate with ourselves and take time out for periods of “extreme self-care” (if you’re working nights and weekends, you’ll definitely need this!).
  • We feel in our gut that even though this period may involve a lot of work, it’s the right thing to do (the voice of intuition is usually soft and gentle, she has not been known to carry a club or whip).

Remember: This too shall pass. Just like a political campaign, this time of extreme growth can be intense, but it won’t last forever. And if all goes well, you’ll be harvesting the fruits from this time for years to come!

Renee TrudeauRenee Trudeau is an internationally recognized coach and consultant, speaker and author. Based in Austin, Trudeau is founder of Renee Trudeau & Associates and Career Strategists. She is author of The Mother’s Guide to Self-Renewal: How to Reclaim, Rejuvenate and Re-balance Your Life, and her newest book, Nurturing the Soul of Your Family: 10 Ways to Reconnect and Find Peace in Everyday Life. To learn more, visit

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