“The sharpest minds often ruin their lives by overthinking the next step, while the dull win the race with eyes closed.” Bethany Brookbank, “Write like no one is reading”
Have you ever stopped yourself cold and had the feeling of analysis paralysis? Well, I have, and I know the feeling well. Analyze it; overthinking can lead to paralyzing your actions that turn into the lack of productivity, that's what overthinking creates. Today’s treasure is about how not to overthink.
For me, it all started when I would get cold sweats of the thought of just making a simple decision. “Should I call?” No, maybe I shouldn’t, it’s not the right time, or they will not understand me, I was torturing myself with negative self-talk. I realized that my over-thinking was taking over my existence. I have to share with you how I came out of that rut and escaped unharmed. I have the power and the momentum to continue with my actions.
Here are the five steps on how to overcome overthinking:
1. Recognize Negative Thoughts
2. Take Action
3. Keep The Momentum
4. Be Honest
Step 1: Recognize Negative Thoughts
Start by feeding yourself with positive thoughts, and when a feeling of fear or doubt sneaks in, immediately realize it and stop it in its tracks. Say, “no that thought is not supporting me,” and immediately think about something better. Tell yourself that this thought is not productive. It doesn’t matter what it is, what matters is that you can recognize it. It will give you a sense of power and allow you to be in control.
Step 2: Take Action
Call, write the article, make the decision and stick to it. Taking action is vital in this process, do the necessary things to keep going. When you work at it, you will feel empowered. Ralph Waldo Emerson said it best, “ “Do the thing and you will have the power.”
Step 3: Keep The Momentum
Learn new things, read books, listen to motivational videos and reprogram your mind to focus on the right things and not give the power to fear and negativity. Become active and influential. Everyone is different, keep your momentum with what feels right for you.
Step 4: Honesty
Be honest with yourself and your feelings, surround yourself with like-minded individuals. Be honest about how you are feeling, for instance; you will never go wrong when you treat yourself right. The sense of freedom transforms you into having the positive feeling of doing what you set your mind to do, that will keep you from overthinking.
Step 5: Allow
Change is hard, don’t get stuck in your routine and negative ways. You can't have change unless you change. Allow yourself to be opened to positive change, for instance, allowing the positive vibration and letting it guide you. Let yourself explore new possibilities, journeys, and experiences.
In summary, by taking action you take control, and at the end of your journey, you will see that it wasn’t as big or intimidating as you thought. Are you ready to take control of your life? Start today by recognizing that you do overthink, and practice doing less of it daily. Contact me today for a transformational chat. Have a fantastic day.
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