You are contemplating a decision you need to make. Then the thought you have is dissected into a million different pieces in your mind, and you end up right back where you started, but even more confused because of your own thoughts. Overthinking will stop anyone in their tracks.
Then you choose to ask others what they think about the decision you need to make. Their thoughts become a part of your thoughts. Now you have their thoughts along with your thoughts in your head. Unfortunately, their thoughts only confuse you more. The confused mind does nothing.
If you have a decision you need to make and you ask people who have never been down the road you are considering traveling, they won’t know either. Their thought on the decision you need to make is based upon what they would do. However, they are not you. Only you are. You have to make the decision that is best for you and your circumstances, not theirs.
Other people’s opinions of your life are just that – opinions. Their opinions are not facts, and neither are yours necessarily. They are made-up scenarios in your head. The only person who will have to live with the decision you make is you, and yes, there are unforeseen consequences with every choice. You may have the best of intentions, but someone else sees them differently. Sometimes the decisions you need to make will force you to choose between the lesser of two evils.
Three things you can do today to help you with making a decision:
- Pause for just a moment and look at yourself in the mirror. Ask your reflection the question you’ve been going over and over in your head and asking others for an answer that only you can make for yourself.
- Reflect on the thought that comes to mind.
- Move forward by creating actionable steps.
Repeat these steps until you receive the answer that you are most comfortable with.
Once you pause, once you reflect, once you move forward, you end up pausing again and reflecting again on where it is you are moving forward to next. The constant circle of life.
Today is a good day to make that decision you’ve been overthinking. You’ve overthought that thought enough.