Stop thinking so much.
This sentence is repeated so many times throughout my day, it might as well be my mantra.
I say it to myself when I’m replaying potential scenarios in my mind, I say it to clients who are trying to remember how to perform that exercise we did a few minutes ago, and I say it to anyone who tells me they’re thinking of starting a blog, or creating a YouTube channel.
Reducing thinking to a minimum is not only the key to greater happiness, it’s the key to higher performance, success, and plain old getting shit done.
Let me guide you through one of my earliest memories.
I was 3 years old, and out for an evening walk with my parents.
We took a lot of walks, but this evening’s walk was different. Today I decided to walk without bending my knees.
When my mom asked why I was walking that way I couldn’t provide an answer, but I remember wondering how I was supposed to know the right way to walk when there are so many options.
Fast forward a decade, and now I’m being asked what I want to be when I grow up, which presents an endless smorgasbord of questions for the neurotic 13-year-old to feast on.
This question still hasn’t been answered, by the way. Partly because I’ve concluded that growing up is a trap, and what I want to “be” is ever-evolving. Get it?
My point is, I have a history of thinking to excess.
I used to believe it was the only way to solve problems and make the right moves in life. Now I realize that’s how it disguises itself.
Over-thinking is the enemy of productivity, happiness, and execution.
Not only because it uses time and energy that could be spent on whatever it is you’re thinking about, but because it destroys your confidence and peace of mind. Two things that are crucial to you living your life in the most fearless and inspired way.
Over- thinking is the cause of your anxiety and the reason for your hesitation. Time spent thinking creates a platform for doubts to thrive, and the opinions of others to rule your life.
While conscious thought is a powerful tool that has its applications, you’ve become overly attached to it because it provides you with the illusion of control. When you consciously run a scenario through your mind over and over, ruminating over every possible outcome, you feel like you have your thumb on the situation.
This false sense of security is not only a waste of time, it lulls you into self-sabotage.
By thinking things over, you inject your limiting beliefs, fears, and the opinions of others which you worship so faithfully. And this is detrimental to you becoming everything you know you can be.
Unnecessary thinking is the fire hose to the raging fire that is your potential.
It’s time to start trusting your subconscious mind.
This aspect of your mind is not only responsible for everyday miracles like the creation of new life in the mother’s womb and making new red blood cells… it also constantly guides you with signals we call ‘gut feelings’.
While the conscious mind works hardest during states of angst, the subconscious mind talks to you during states of relaxation.
It requires you to let go and listen. Then execute without a second thought.
Because the more you think, the more you fuel doubt, insecurity, and fear.
Instead of thinking, just breathe, listen, and do.