November 21, 2018

Stop Thinking so Much and Just Make it Happen!

Constantly practicing is one way we avoid performing but probably the biggest barrier to making things happen is over thinking.

Over thinking is when we worry about all the things that could go wrong. Like practice, over thinking is a way to give ourselves excuses to not put ourselves on display. In essence, we over think our way out of taking the plunge to start.

Analysis Paralysis

Over thinking leads to analysis paralysis. This analysis paralysis stems from our deep seated desire to not make mistakes. This risk-adverse-status-quo-play-it-safe-do-what-I-know attitude had clear benefits when we were worried about eating the wrong berry or being eaten by a saber tooth tiger. Now that the life and limb risk is almost completely eliminated (no saber tooth tigers sightings in my neighborhood. Knock on wood!), we still have a deep seated fear that failure is some how catastrophic.

Second Place is the First Loser Mentality

We (meaning those of us in the U.S.) live in a society who only celebrates those who come in first. This mentality weighs heavily on a lot of us. In fact, the whole “loser” attitude severally reduces our quality of life because we compare ourselves to an unachievable ideal — always being first. This is not to say that thinking big is bad. Rather, the attitude we should take is there is always some luck involved in anything we start and we are not losers — just sometimes unfortunate.

Ways to Take Action

  1. Realize, luck is important: Hard work and determination are important but luck does play a role in success. In fact, the harder you work, the luckier you get.

  2. Play the odds: The more you do, the luckier you get. Play the odds by experimenting, failing, learning and repeating.

  3. Stop asking what if’s: Limit yourself to 3 what ifs’. That way, you can understand the risks of starting but can still move on.

  4. Parallel paths: Launch off on a couple of different things if you can’t make your mind up. Halt the one that are the least productive.

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