Why overthinking stops you from living your dreams

Cover Why overthinking stops you from living your dreams

How many times have you had an idea that made your heart light up, but then thought to yourself "I'll do it when XY"? The time just wasn't right yet.

You lacked the required knowledge or you just didn’t feel ready for it.

I know this all too well. Sometimes we have brilliant ideas and then we talk ourselves out of them. We look for excuses why it’s not going to work right now. Our uncertainty prevents us from taking action.

However, I’m sorry to tell you that outside of your comfort zone things will always be uncomfortable at first. It is the UNcomfortable zone. But you know what? Also, the greatest feelings of gratitude and joy are waiting for you outside your comfort zone.

Somewhere along the way, I started to stop waiting until I felt ready to start doing things. Because that time will most likely never come and waiting a lifetime for it would be a waste of time. And the regret that comes with it is unbearable.

I want to encourage you to just start!  Whatever it is. Instead of thinking about it for hours, weeks, or even years, how about just starting to explore an idea?

Don’t think about all the things that could go wrong. Instead, focus on all the things that could go right!

The thing that often holds us back is being overwhelmed and not knowing exactly where to start. This is because we humans tend to analyze step 100 before we even took step 1.

Sure, having an end goal in mind is necessary, but if you get too focused on it, your goal may suddenly seem unattainable. Instead, I would recommend that you divide your big goal into smaller, more achievable goals.

What is the next step you can take to get closer to your goal? Do you need to call someone? Sign up for a training course? …

  • When you sign up for a marathon, no one expects you to run 42 km straight away. You start by running smaller stages.
  • If you want to start learning how to cook, you don’t have to whip up a 4-course meal straight away. First, find one or two simple recipes on the internet and get really good at preparing them.

Don’t overload yourself. Because when you have a big goal in mind, it can easily happen that we don’t even get started. Out of fear, cluelessness and overwhelm.

Instead, take one step at a time. The most important thing is that you start taking action. This is the only way change can happen in your life. And you will see, the rest will follow. 

You will be surprised at the happy coincidences that will come your way when you commit to your vision.

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