One of the most common things that gets people stuck in inaction and in not doing what they deep down would like to is the destructive habit of overthinking.
You can overthink a small problem or challenge until it looks like a huge and undefeatable monster.
Or overthink something positive in your life until it doesn’t look so positive anymore.
And sometimes you may even be zapping a simple moment happening here right now out of all it’s joy and magic by overanalyzing and dissecting it.
I’ve done all three of those things. All too many times.
So in the first part of this week’s post I’d like to share 21 of the quotes that I’ve found the most helpful myself when I’ve gotten stuck in overthinking.
And in the second part I’d like to share 5 of my own favorite tips. The ones that have helped me the most to stop overthinking in the past 10+ years.
- “Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in.”
– Napoleon Bonaparte
- “Thinking too much leads to paralysis by analysis. It's important to think things through, but many use thinking as a means of avoiding action.”
– Robert Herjavek
- ”Spend eighty percent of your time focusing on the opportunities of tomorrow rather than the problems of yesterday.”
– Brian Tracy
- “Rule number one is, don't sweat the small stuff. Rule number two is, it's all small stuff.”
– Robert Eliot
- “Don't get too deep, it leads to over thinking, and over thinking leads to problems that doesn't even exist in the first place.”
– Jayson Engay
- “You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.
- “Don’t brood. Get on with living and loving. You don’t have forever.”
– Leo Buscaglia
- “If you treat every situation as a life and death matter, you’ll die a lot of times.”
– Dean Smith
- “Most misunderstandings in the world could be avoided if people would simply take the time to ask, “What else could this mean?”
– Shannon L. Alder
- “We can easily manage if we will only take, each day, the burden appointed to it. But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday's burden over again today, and then add the burden of the morrow before we are required to bear it.”
– John Newton
- ”People become attached to their burdens sometimes more than the burdens are attached to them.”
– George Bernard Shaw
- “The more I think about it, the more I realize that overthinking isn't the real problem. The real problem is…