Today’s topic: Do you tend to overthink? Here’s a suggestion for moving from thinking to doing.
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Well, hey there. It’s Kristen, and welcome to Day 15 of Love Thyself: 30 Ways, 30 Days.
Today my question for you is this: Do you find yourself overthinking? And sometimes do you find yourself thinking about something so much that your mind, and even your body, your emotions, your feelings, feels like it’s already done — even when you haven’t actually done it — because it feels just so real in your mind, and you’ve thought about it so much, and you’ve walked through all the possibilities that it feels like it’s done when it’s not?
I totally can relate, because I am equally kind of split down the middle between right brain and left brain. And most people kind of, or most of us, are one way or the other more, or predominantly. And I am pretty much split down the middle. And the side of me, the parts of me, that like to analyze and like to have information and like to do research and like to feel comfortable about something before I do it can really go to town when I’m doing something that I feel some resistance about or I feel some kind of internal obstacle or resistance to. And it makes it very convenient to delay to make a decision or to get something done because, you know, those parts of me are thinking that they’re doing well to to overanalyze and overthink and all of that kind of thing. But sometimes we just need to get something done. You know, we’ve thought about it enough, we have our plan, we know what we need to do, and we’re just kind of feeling stuck.
So, here’s a thought for moving through it, and it’s something that I have applied from a physical standpoint, that was very useful physically, that I thought to myself, Well, maybe I can apply that to, you know, more of the mental-emotional-feeling kind of side of things. And it has worked for me.
So, the thought is this: Don’t think, just do.
You know, a couple of years ago I was helping some folks move and it was, as moving tends to be, one of those all-day, all-evening, and into-the-night kind of things. And moving can be really tiring. So, about part way through the day I started to feel just exhausted, and I wasn’t quite sure, when I started to think about it, how I was going to make it for the rest of the day, because I knew we had a long way to go. And so my mantra became Don’t think, just do.
I just kept saying that to myself over and over and over again, and sure enough — without my mind engaging, or my brain engaging, and telling me how tired I was — my body could just keep moving and my mind was kind of satisfied, or my brain, really, was kind of satisfied with this mantra Don’t think, just do.
And when I’ve applied that to something that I felt, you know, like if I felt an obstacle about something that I needed to do in the physical world but was having kind of a — just some internal resistance to that — has helped me, too. Because, often, I have thought about things enough that I know what I need to do. I just need to go ahead and do them.
So, the Don’t think, just do has been very helpful to me. I hope maybe that it’s helpful to you if you’ve experienced anything like that. And that’s my thought for the day.
So, before we close, I do want to offer you a free gift, from me to you, and that is an hourlong strategic coaching session to help you gain clarity. And what I do in those sessions is offer not only strategy and proven methods or techniques, but also I have a hefty dose of intuition, and really listening deeply to where you’re at and what you need help with, and offering some insight to that both from that, you know, like I said, right-brain, left-brain perspective.
So, I hope you’re having a wonderful day. If nobody has told you yet today, you are flipping fantastic. And I would love for you to think about just one thing today that you love about yourself, and celebrate that, and be with that, and let yourself really feel it. Feel how you love yourself, and feel how flipping fantastic you are.
So, that’s it for today. I look forward to seeing you next time. Take care.