HERE’S HOW TO STOP OVERTHINKING
Being a leader requires self-confidence, determination, and quick thinking — all of which are given by over-consideration of all decisions or situations or concerns about every action you take. There is a time to think, a time to act, a time to meditate, and a time to move on.
Excessive thinking causes us to spend too much time thinking, getting caught up in a vicious cycle, and turning positive thoughts into debilitating anxiety. Not only does it move us forward, it takes us back and forth.
I have been training employees and entrepreneurs with a tendency to think excessively over the past 30 years, and I can share 11 mind-blowing strategies to eliminate divisions and stop exploring.
1. Reopen the door only when new information is knocked on the door.
Exaggerated thinking gets in the way when we keep reviewing the decisions we make, refusing to close the door on already made phone calls. Believe it or not, and visit something you have already decided upon when you are introduced to new information.
2. Realize that overexposure and problem solving are not all the same.
Constantly exploring and looking at situations and opportunities often hides itself as problem solving. Sounds like you’re doing something nice and useful. But you are not, you are just wandering around a circle. Be careful when you think too much about something, do not pretend to solve problems, and then press forward quickly.
3. Remember rule 90–10.
This is a formula, a measure, of how you should calculate how you value yourself, based on 90 percent confidence, 10 percent assigned value. Ninety percent must come from your acceptance and self-identification, and only 10 percent comes from that occasional outdoor source of all that we need.
Overthinking distorts the way, even undermining it by doing as much as 90 percent of its value comes from what others think or say. So they worry, which takes the form of speculation — overthinking.
4. Take good intentions.
Overtinkers learn a lot from things. Why? They think that something is wrong with you, something like a bad idea, a bad wish, or a bad outcome. If you find yourself doing this, turn your thinking into what you were reading for the intended purpose, or at least neutral. Most of the time, it really is, so why not do something like that?
5. Accept informed ignorance.
The enlightenment of the news: You cannot read the future, you cannot read minds, and you do not know everything. So do not try. Critical thinking does not use crystal ball.
6. Accept uncertainty.
When we do not know something, we often fill in the blanks, usually by thinking of garbage. Why? Most of us prefer to be unhappy rather than insecure. Garbage considerations can take many forms, all incorporating into the inner monologue of an overly thoughtful person.
A Buddhist minister once taught me how to deal with uncertainty. I remember his teachings as an abbreviation: OAR. Beware of uncertainty, do not overreact. Acknowledge the existence of uncertainty and accept that imperfection is inevitable. Note that uncertainty brings benefits, such as liberating art and strength.
7. Replace “what if” with “we will see.”
Overthinkers are always wondering “what if,” which is an impossible question to answer. If you find yourself asking “what if,” immediately switch to “we’ll see,” which is a way to move past analytical disability to acceptance.
8. Go outside and play.
By this I mean stop spending so much time in your head. Get out of it and change gears to connect with what’s happening around you for fun. It can be dark and ugly inside that head of yours, right?
9. Do the math.
Excessive thinking also comes from being overly concerned about the worst case scenario, which no one wants to hear. But ask yourself, ‘What are the chances of an adverse outcome?’ The chances are very high.
10. What an unfamiliar fence as a disaster.
Related to the above, this means stopping taking small details and turning them into questionable conclusions. Stop making a mountain with a molehill. Unlike the mall, this type of escalator does not lift anyone.
11. Examine the true impact of wrong.
We often feel the need to think too much because we are just afraid of making a mistake. It might make sense to think too much if you are planning to jump off your motorcycle over the Grand Canyon or are going swimming with a huge white shark. About thinking too much about the decision you made at that meeting yesterday? Not so much.
Ask yourself at such times what the actual cost of error is. When you can lower the level, you increase your ability to move your mind.
So do not overreact. Take inspiration here and run with it. Without looking back.
“ OVERTHINKING KILLS HAPPINESS “ SO DONT OVERTHINK ON ANYTHING
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