12 Ways to Stop Overthinking & Create A Good Life!
Everyone overthinks. But when you do, it sabotages your performance, productivity, and mood.
What is Overthinking?
According to Dictionary.com, when you overthink, you spend MORE time thinking about something THAN is necessary or productive.
Spending more time than it is necessary can stop you from taking action. What you focus on expands. If your focus is on goodness in your life, your create more of it, according to Oprah Winfrey. So if you focus on your problem, you create more problems.
Overthink too much and you end up being stuck in analysis paralysis, you wind up not doing anything at all—because you’re needlessly and endlessly pondering the meanings, causes, and consequences of your problems.
Someone in one of my Mastermind Groups has a story about being invited to a Businesswomen’s Association lunch, and was tapped to introduce some very influential and powerful women. She became obsessed with picking the “right” outfit to wear.
She thought about it for days, and even made lists and reached out to some of her friends to help her look perfect. Eventually her assistant asked her, “Why are you making this so hard? The invitation says, ‘business attire.’ Just wear your best suit and have a good time.”
It was the wake-up call she needed. She took her assistant’s advice and had a great time meeting new folks.
Don’t believe when you feel disappointed or discouraged by some event that extensively analyzing it will help.
The reality, if you look at the science, is just the opposite. Rather than being helpful, endless rumination about minor annoyances, major tragedies, and everything in between tends to make you feel worse. It can lead to procrastination, overwhelm, confusion, and a lack of clarity.
At its worst, it can prevent you from taking important proactive steps to improve your professional and personal life—like taking risks, reaching out to others, working hard, and stretching yourself to make good things happen.
12 Ways to Stop Overthinking & Create a Good Life by Taking Action:
When you find yourself OVERTHINKING, try using these proven techniques:
- Distract yourself. Simply choose to redirect your mind to something else, preferably engrossing, consuming, and positive.
- Take a walk. The fresh air outside can bring a different perspective to your life.
- Do yoga. Yoga relaxes stress and can help you to think better.
- Make something. Creativity helps you to solve problems more openly and with innovation.
- Do something you Enjoy. Doing something you find joyful is surely the best antidote to worrying that I can think of. Being joyful will drown out that scared voice in your head.
- Give up on perfection. Learn to laugh at mistakes and problems, expect human error and find the absurdity and humor in them. Don’t take anything personally and realize that most of the time it’s not about you.
- Journal out your feelings instead of allowing your memory to endlessly play over and over. Simply write out how you feel. Ask yourself exactly what it is you really want and write your answer down. Suddenly you will get more clarity.
- Meditate. You will calm yourself and break the pattern of out-of-control thoughts.
- Reach out to your coach, mastermind group, or friend, someone you trust for their honest, non-judgemental opinion.
- Let go. Realize that you can only control yourself and not the outside world. Stop overthinking and just do it.
- Use Mental Rehearsal to imagine the outcome you really want to happen and your fear will fade away.
- Take charge of the caliber of information you put in your own computer (brain), because You are a self-fulfilling prophecy. “Garbage In, Garbage Out” is a great reminder of why you need to police your thoughts.
At the end of the day, the most important bit to realize is that you hold the potential to achieve everything you have dreamed of—you really, really do!
The only things you must do is remove your mental deterrents and Take Action. Check out our SMARTS Club to see how you can benefit from joining us: https://milteer.com/millionaire-smarts-club/