On Overthinking (Three Ways to Stop)

Overthinking hinders many opportunities.

Connor Delaney’s comic over at Drawing Board depicts it perfectly.

In the comic, many hypothetical situations occur in a never ending layered thinking sequence.
A guy is sitting inside a subway train. All of a sudden, a girl sits next to him. Or does she? Do either of the two want to talk to one another? Or is silence better?

Instead of overthinking it, there are three contrasting solutions towards taking action:

1. Expect the best outcome. Everyone is a friend. That girl/guy wants you to talk to her/him. Your idea will create positive change. You will lose those 10 pounds within a month.

2. Expect the worst outcome. Everyone will laugh at you. The girl/guy will think you’re a waste of space. Your idea will ultimately fail. You won’t lose any weight no matter what you do.
(Therefore, you’re forcing your brain to actually do it to prove that imaginary idea wrong. Then you realize it’s never as bad as you think it’ll be.)

3. Expect no outcome. Let things happen and control your own actions. Let people decide for themselves. Create your idea and see what happens. See what happens when you exercise. (When using this method, I imagine a blank canvas or an empty mirror.)

Figure out which one works best for you and use that one.

David w
David w

Or perhaps, the art of aiming lower. Ah yes, lowering expectations. :)

Chris Barba
Chris Barba

3 awesome and different perspectives Matt. And I love how each has the common element of a call to action. For me I think motivation will stem from the first one. Everyone is a friend. I like that thought and believe in it. When you think of it that way, things don't seem as scary. Cheers brother.

Annie Andre
Annie Andre

my mind almost always expects the worst but my heart hopes for the best. sometimes its best to just jump in and do before your mind gets a chance to catch up and convince you of all the bad things that could happen.