What typically holds people back from living their dream life is overthinking.
Overthinking puts you in analysis paralysis, where you can’t make a decision or find every reason why the thing you want isn’t right for you.
Also, overthinking turns positive situations into not so positive ones and takes out the fun from the most enjoyable situations.
It’s important to note that it’s one thing to think about things however, it’s another thing to become paralyzed by overthinking to the point where you self-sabotage opportunities or make problems bigger than they actually are.
Overthinking is something I use to struggle with, and from time to time this “old pattern” does like to come around. The difference now is that I have a simple system I go to when I find myself in this state.
Here are 7 things I do when I catch myself overthinking. Give them a try, they might work for you too.
- Become aware of your mind chatter. If you find yourself overthinking, get a pen and paper and write out the top thoughts that preoccupy your mind. When you put thoughts on paper it’s easier to see what you’re actually thinking.
- Change perspective. When I’m aware of my thoughts and worries I ask myself the following questions: “Is this going to matter 3 weeks from now?,” “Is this going to matter 3 years from now?,” “How are the thoughts I’m thinking of serving me,” and “If I can do something about this, what is my next step?” Give this step a try.
- Acceptance. When I’m done answering the questions above I tend to feel at peace with the thoughts I’m dealing with. Sometimes I find that the best next step is to embrace the thoughts and replace them with positive thoughts. In other instances, the next best step is to take specific action to work through whatever is happening.
- Live mindfully. Be present. Become an observer of what is happening from a third person perspective, without having the need to judge, criticize or blame.
- Stop chasing perfection. You’re enough, no matter what! Always remember this. Chasing perfection is false because the moment you achieve this “perfect state” you’ll forget about it and search for a new perfect state. Living with a perfectionist mindset is detrimental to your overall well-being.
- Take action. Once you have a plan, it’s time to take action. It’s impossible to move things forward without action.
- Work out. No matter what’s happening in your life, it’s your job to find ways to feel good about yourself. Working out releases chemicals called endorphins, which trigger a positive feeling in you, so go work out.
So, what’s next for you?
If you’re around this Sunday, I invite you to practice Step 6 by joining me for a FREE training (if you haven’t done so already) on how you can implement this strategy and others to START living your life. Click here to register for the Free training on “How to Achieve Success and Inner Peace” this Sunday, December 16th at 11 am PST /2 pm EST.
I look forward to being of service to you!
P.S. Forward this post to a friend, family member or colleague who will benefit from this post, so they too can enjoy this holiday season. You’ve got this!