Amy Rees Anderson

Stop Overthinking It and Start Doing It!

We always have the ability to freak ourselves out with those thoughts of “I can’t do it” or “I’m not good enough to handle it” or “this is impossible” or “it can’t be done”….one of the easiest things in the world is to convince ourselves that we shouldn’t even try…  Heck, if I had really stopped and thought about how hard most of the things I set my mind to accomplish were going to be in advance of committing myself to doing them – I would never have taken them on!  Cause I would have been crazy to even try most of them considering all the difficulties I would have to face to get through them! And yet by taking them on and then just plowing forward to make them happen it’s allowed me to accomplish so many things that I now look back on and go, “I can’t believe I was able to do that!”

That’s why I don’t allow myself to stop and overthink things in advance of committing to do them, because I know if I ever did I would talk myself right out of them, and then I would have never found out what I am capable of.

Now that being said, there are many days when I’m in the thick of trying to do things that I think I must have been absolutely out of my mind to take this or that on and believe I could actually handle it all. There are days I feel totally overwhelmed and inadequate.  But when those days come I force myself to stop and take a deep breath and I remind myself that whenever I’ve given something my absolute best effort, that somehow, some way, things always seem to work out in the end….and then I keep on moving forward…

Stop overthinking things. Stop giving yourself time to come up with all the reasons why something can’t be done, or why something isn’t possible, or why you shouldn’t even try, and just GO FOR IT!   Don’t give yourself an out. Commit!  And force yourself to have the mindset that you CAN do this, somehow, some way, and don’t let your mind even consider that it won’t come together. Then get busy doing it!

You will be amazed at exactly how much you really are capable of…

~Amy Rees Anderson

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