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How Overthinking Everything Ruins Your Life

In this blog, I talk about how overthinking everything ruins your life and stops you from developing the resilience you need to thrive.

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Overthinking everything can be a real problem that gets in the way of developing the resilience needed to thrive. As they say, experience is the best teacher. And if you're wondering why you're not making progress, here's what I learned about overthinking so you can avoid making the same mistakes I made.

So, here's how overthinking everything ruins your life and what to do about it

1. Hard To Take Risks

When people analyse everything they do or say, they become paralysed, resulting in indecisiveness. This means they are less inclined to push themselves out of their comfort zone.

When you overthink things, it is easy to get stuck in analysis paralysis, where you spend so much time weighing the pros and cons of different options that you never actually make a decision. This can leave you feeling stuck and unable to move forward.

Furthermore, you miss out on opportunities because I have found that the more you analyse a situation, the more sceptical you become. You start to see the negatives even without evidence.

For example, if someone makes you an attractive offer that seems too good to be true. Sometimes instead of overthinking the offer, it is wise to go with your gut if there is no evidence that the offer is not real. Having the confidence to trust your intuition is a skill that needs practice and self-awareness.

2. Overly Reactive To Setbacks.

We all react to setbacks in some ways. And it's normal to feel disappointed, anxious or stressed. But overthinkers tend to dwell on negative events and setbacks alone or more, making it harder to bounce back. If you're always thinking about what went wrong and your mistakes, you may struggle to see the positive aspects of a situation. There is always something to gain from everything bad situation.

When starting something new or venturing into a business, it is OK to expect failure or setbacks. Failure or setbacks are just feedback. And we learn and grow from that feedback. So, when we fail or meet obstacles, we get to excise our resilience muscle needed to overcome obstacles, resulting in getting unstuck.

3. Overly Critical

Overthinking can also lead to a lot of self-doubt and self-criticism. When you're always second-guessing yourself, building confidence and self-esteem is hard. This makes it difficult to take risks and pursue your goals. Because, as we all know, nothing grows in comfort zones. Sometimes, we need to take a leap of faith to realise our full potential, which comes with a bit of risk.

4. Less Adaptable

Overthinking can make it harder to adapt to new situations and changes. If you're always trying to anticipate every possible outcome, you may need help to adjust when things don't go according to plan. This can make it harder to navigate challenges and stay resilient.

5. Anxiety

Overthinking can also contribute to anxiety and stress. When you constantly worry about the future and ruminate on the past, it is hard to stay in the present and enjoy the moment. This can make it harder to cope with stress and build resilience over time.

So, the next time you find your mind drifting towards the negative, take a step back and breathe. When you do that, you give yourself time to redirect your thoughts and energy. Practice mindfulness by focusing on the present and challenging negative thoughts by looking for evidence of what your mind tells you.

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