Are you thinking about your dreams to death? One of the most critical things that hold many people back from living their dreams is overthinking. They overthink every little problem until it becomes larger and scarier than it actually is. They fall in line with the old saying, ‘making a mountain out of a molehill.
I am guilty of this. I get excited about implementing a plan and nothing or no one can stop me. Then when the initial excitement wears off, I start the process of overthinking.
I have my plan ready to implement, but I delay taking action. I have to think about it some more and run it by two or three more in hopes of making my plan fail proof. I spend so much time overthinking that I fail to take action. Now, don’t get me wrong it is great to think things through, but overthinking leads to inaction.
If you know it is time to break free from overthinking and live out your best life then these four keys will help.
1. Let go.
You can’t control everything and you cannot prevent all failures. There will always be circumstances beyond your control. And no matter how much you try to avoid failure, you will eventually experience some failures. So embrace your fears and failures and face them head-on. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes or fail. Because you’ll learn valuable life lessons that will help you let go and grow.
2. Act now.
You can’t live your best life if you never take action. It sounds simple, but it is often difficult for an over-thinker. It is not that the over thinker does not know what to do, but struggles with taking action. To help break through the stronghold of overthinking, take small focused steps toward your dreams. Taking small steps helps to eliminate procrastination and takes away the feeling of being overwhelmed with the enormity of a dream.
3. Tell someone.
I found that when I am stuck that a mentor or accountability partner’s opinion or advice can help me break through the tendency to overthink. A new set of eyes on the situation gives me a new perspective. Don’t be afraid to ask for guidance. Talk to someone you respect and tell them where you are and about any challenges you are experiencing. You will appreciate the support.
4. Make a commitment.
Commitment happens when there is a binding agreement between your heart, mind, and emotions that move you on a daily course of action towards living your best life. When commitment rests in your heart, you mentally focus and do whatever it takes to get to your destination. State out loud what you specifically commit to doing. For example, “I commit to losing 25 pounds within five months.” Then go tell someone, who will help you stay motivated and accountable to taking consistent action.
Question: What dream have you delayed because you spent too much time overthinking it?