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Thinking Myself Out of Everything!


For as long as I can remember, I've always been "a thinker". Someone who had to analyze every situation. Someone who wanted to see things for all possible angles. In many situations, this deep exploration served me well. It allowed me to be open to new people and new ideas. It allowed me to develop a lifelong love of learning. But, it also had some negatives.

When you are constantly thinking. You are constantly burdened. It gets heavy. It sometimes feels like I'm carrying around an extra 15- 20 pounds. Sometimes I feel it on my neck and shoulders. Sometimes I feel it in my chest. I always feel it in my head.

Maybe it's because I'm getting older and wiser, but lately, I've found myself looking for ways to unburden myself of the weight. The energy associated with tossing a million and one ideas around is soul sucking. I want to be more carefree. I want to make decisions on a whim. But, I'm not sure whimsy is in my DNA.

Here's the thing I've come to realize: Thinking is great, but thinking isn't really getting you anywhere if you aren't willing and able to take action on an idea you've thought of. I cannot tell you how much I have thought myself into absolutely nothing. Sadly, it's probably on par with the million and one ideas I've come up with.

So, how do thinkers become doers? I think the answer is we just have to take some leaps of faith. We have to just decide that after the 3rd idea we have to just pick one and run with it. Now, don't get me wrong, this scares the heebee jeebees (is that even how you spell it- oops there I go thinking again) out of me, but I have tried it and you know what? It works. Here are some tangible things you can try if you struggle with analysis paralysis too.

1. Set a timer. Giver yourself a dedicated amount of time to think about something and then ACT.
2. Write your ideas out on notecards, flip them over, and then randomly select one to TRY.
3. Enlist help. Share your thoughts/ideas with a trusted friend. Let your friend make the choice.

Remember, the goal here is to move from thinking to doing. So, the key is just to try something. I know that for me, one of the reasons I'm so hesitant to act is because I'm already thinking about the outcome of my decision. But, the truth is that there is no wrong decision. Every decision gives you an opportunity to learn.

I'm planning to ACT more in the next week. Will you join me?


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