Overthinking can be exhausting going back and forth trying to make the right decision. Sometimes we fear making the wrong decision. Not knowing what to expect is stressful by itself. Sometimes we must make decisions that we can’t go back and change. Making the right decision can be critical depending on the situation. Wrong decisions can cost you money, increase stress, affect relationships and more.
Overthinking can stem from a lack of confidence in self-knowledge and insight. This can also stem from perfectionism. Some of us believe that we must do everything right but unfortunately, that won’t happen. We are bound to make a few mistakes and errors but the important thing is to reflect on our mistakes and learn from them. I have a few tips to help you stop overthinking. I hope this helps.
1. Remind yourself on your ideal target or your ultimate goal. Know the difference between what you need to do and what you want to do. Ask yourself is it aligned with what I truly want or is it something that sounds good in the moment. Sometimes we will allow certain things that “sound good” to distract us on what we want or where we want to be in life.
2. Trust your wisdom and discernment. Give yourself more credit, you are smart and intelligent. We usually already know what decision we need to make. Am I right or am I correct?
3. Know the difference between what you need to do and what you want to do
4. Take time to weigh the pros and cons. Grab a journal, pen and list the good and the bad. This will paint a picture that may help you make the right decision.
5. Stop taking advice and listening to the wrong people. I believe it is a great idea to consult with people to help us make tough decisions. There is one thing we must consider before talking to someone. If someone does not have experience or knowledge in what you are overthinking or considering, then they may not be a valuable person to talk to. For example, if I want to start a business, I should consult with someone that have started a business.
6. Is it pulling you? Usually, we can sense if something is for us or if it is not. If you been thinking for a long time, ask yourself “why is it not pulling me?” or “why am I not sold yet?”.
By: Dominique Bond
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