If you’re an over-thinker, I can pretty much guarantee two things about you.
You, my friend, have some great ideas
Over-thinkers have piles and piles of money making ideas stored away either in scattered journals or just in the back of their head.
But, you’re also your own worst enemy
Over-thinkers stop their own ideas before they even get started. They keep their dreams and goals in the back of their head until they find every reason in the world why they can’t do it.
I know this because I’m an over-thinker. And I think, to an extent, we all have moments when we over-think. Thankfully, there are ways we can get out of our heads and finally make some moves. So, without further ado, here are 4 strategies you can use that will get you unglued from planning mode and into action mode.
Mindfulness: a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.
Basically, don’t drift off into tomorrow or next week. Set 3 realistic goals for the day and work on those 3 things. Leave tomorrow’s goals for tomorrow.
I understand for an over-thinker this is easier said than done, but there are ways to help you stay mindful.
- Repeat mantras to yourself that help you focus on the present moment. For instance, when your mind starts to worry about tomorrow tell yourself, “I am here. I am nowhere else, but here. I will handle tomorrow when it comes.”
- Another great way to practice mindfulness is to actually say out loud what you’re doing in that moment. For instance, “I’m just going outside to take pictures for Monday’s blog post.” When you say it out loud, it helps you focus on what you’re doing it that moment instead of worrying about whatever’s next.
- Take special notice of what’s around you. If you’re outside, notice the direction of the wind or the shape of buildings. If you’re in your room, notice the texture of your sheets or examine the details in the pictures hanging on your wall. This is a good distraction technique you can use when you find yourself worrying.
The idea is to work towards your goals while maintaining inner peace.
Instead of viewing your road to achieving your dream life as long, hard, and treacherous think of it as a beautiful journey filled with little ups and downs that’s ultimately making up your life’s success. Whatever the imperfections are in your plan, embrace them. Own them. And as you climb the ladder, amend your plan to make it better. I’m not saying you don’t need a plan of action. I’m saying you don’t have to plan it all out before you take the first step.
Do It Flawed
You’re always going to have flaws. And not just in your plan to success, but in yourself. We are all flawed. And that’s never going to change. You may be afraid, insecure, or a major over-thinker, but don’t let those things hold you back. Continue to work on your shortcomings while you knock out your goals left and right.
Chuck Your Future Up to A Higher Being
When things look impossible or if I can’t seem to stop thinking about what could go wrong, I give it to God. He’s the one who gave me this vision and He’s going to make it happen. So, just keep working and trust that God will come through for you.
“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns” ~Philippians 1:6
Thanks for reading and I hope you find these strategies helpful. The last thing you want is to miss out on your dream life because you couldn’t get out of planning mode. At the end of the day, you just have to go for it.
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