Overthinking is one of the most common problems people face today. It’s a huge issue and I definitely figured that I needed to get an article out about this sooner rather than later.
In this article I will discuss why overthinking is bad and talk about 5 ways to overcome thinking too much.
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Why Overthinking Is Bad
Overthinking can be the biggest contributing factor to you not being as successful as you would like to be. Problems with overthinking can slow you down because you become so stuck in the past that you can’t even realize that the past is irrelevant and that there is nothing that can be done about the past.
Many people who struggle with overthinking tend to become like a deer in headlights and spend so much time thinking, that there is not enough action being taken and therefore nothing gets done. Thinking too much will leave you stuck in past misery which is a place that you don’t need to be anymore and it will keep you from being in the present moment which is where you need to be in order to fix yesterday’s mistakes.
How To Stop Overthinking
1. Take Massive Action – Perhaps the number one thing that you can do to prevent thinking too much is to take massive action. When you are busy and keeping your mind occupied with something else, you will find it much more difficult to spend time thinking about the past and dwelling on it.
To learn how to take massive action, just simply practice getting the ball rolling by committing to taking one small simple action when you wake up every morning and you won’t feel so inclined to procrastinate by overthinking.
2.Stop Worrying About Perfection – Oftentimes when people approach things, they envision perfection. You may want the timing to be just right, want to be in the perfect mood, and expect all of the stars to align perfectly. However, the truth of the matter is that in most cases NONE of these things will ever happen.
Most of the time you will encounter obstacles and scenarios that you never saw coming. Part of being able to stop thinking too much is to understand that unexpected things can and WILL happen and to realize that you cannot control everything that happens in life. Accept that some things are simply out of your control.
When you come to this realization it will be easier to just let yourself go and stop thinking so much because you will realize that there is no point in overthinking and that you can’t possibly prepare for every circumstance. Just commit to taking massive action and let the chips fall where they may.
3.Give Yourself A Deadline – another way to stop overthinking is to give yourself a deadline for making decisions. Decide that you will make small decisions in 5 minutes or less before taking action and give yourself 1 day for making bigger decisions. This will help you to stop thinking too much and get you into the habit of actually getting stuff done.
4.Realize When You’ve Done Enough Research – If you have a big project or a business idea, sometimes it is easy to get so caught up in preparation, overthinking, and research, that you fail to realize when you’ve actually accumulated ENOUGH information to answer your questions and begin taking action.
In modern times, since we live in the Information Age and have so much knowledge available at the press of a button, it is easy to get caught up in wanting MORE solutions than are actually necessary. In may cases, you can do TOO MUCH research and actually end up confusing yourself more as a result. I found that the best way to avoid falling into this trap is to only look for solutions to questions when I arrive at roadblocks. Only take action when you encounter a problem that is stopping your progress, then research for solutions to that problem and as soon as you find the answer, accept it and move on. Do not get caught on the internet browsing mindlessly for irrelevant information once you have already found the answer! Just simply apply the answer and move on. Know when you have enough information!
5.Think The Bigger Picture – Often when you struggle with thinking too much it is because you are not thinking enough about the bigger picture. It’s easy to allow a mistake or issue to dwell in your mind long after you have made it and get caught thinking about it too much but what many people fail to realize is that the mistake or issue will most likely NOT mean much in few days, months, or years from now.
When you think about the bigger picture you will realize that most of the time the things you spend so much time overthinking about now are really small issues and won’t mean anything in the long run. All the overthinking does is hold you back and slow you down. So always think about the bigger picture and think LONG TERM!
Thinking to much is a common problem and I struggled with this a lot but these steps can definitely help you to overcome overthinking and get you into taking massive ACTION! Focus on the long term and avoid looking for the perfect answer but rather, look for the good enough answer and you should be able to stop overthinking.
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