Overthinking Leads to Stuck

I can’t believe how many of my clients, friends and coworkers overthink.

Hell, I can’t believe how much I overthink.

You know what you get when you overthink? Stuck.

Like your tongue with a PBJ, stuck.

No action.

I’ve seriously been overthinking what I’m going to say to you since this morning. What an inefficient use of time. I was thinking about what to say while I was doing other things so I didn’t do those things well because I was thinking about this. All because I was worried that you might now want to hear what I have to say. Ugh.

Overthinking is our brain’s way of taking action when we are worried or doubtful. Somewhere along the line the brain associated overthinking with these emotions. Now it’s on autopilot. That’s it. No need to think you are broken…your brain is working just fine.

The problem with overthinking is that it uses a lot of time, keeps you from doing other things, and prevents you from taking the uncomfortable action that will actually solve what you are worried about.

So what’s the solution? 

First of all, you need to get good at recognizing overthinking. For me, it disguises itself as mind reading (ie thinking I know what other people are thinking) or what if’ing (scenario planning to the nth degree). It wakes me up in the middle of the night and feels like a speed rush. Regardless, it always ends up with me feeling STUCK. 

Second, once you have recognized it, ask yourself this question. What’s one thing I can try right now to resolve what I’m worried about?

Third, DO THAT. Action is the slayer of overthinking.

Repeat, repeat, repeat to teach your brain that overthinking is not the appropriate response to being worried.

PS. If you are feeling stuck in your career and don’t know where to go from here, I can help. I offer a free, one hour discovery call where I can help you figure out what’s holding you back and where you might be misaligned. Life is too short to be “stuck” and “stressed” at work. Schedule a call now.

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