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Stuck In An Over-Thinking Rut?

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

I don’t know about you but I’m an over-thinker. I like to think. I like to ponder.  I’m an intellectual, and intellectuals think the answer to every problem lies in how they think about that problem. As I’ve grown older,  a double-edged sword, I’ve realized this is not true. But even so, old habits are hard to break and when there’s a problem in my life sometimes I can’t stop my brain ruminating.This is usually because:

A) There is no immediate solution,

Or

B) For some reason I’m too ‘close’ (feeling too strongly, can’t think outside the box) and thus can’t get the perspective I need.

Mostly, I can learn to let go of the things I don’t have any immediate control over, but boy when I need to figure something out and I can’t, I turn into a frazzled mess. The problem is that overthinkers like me, or maybe you, keep using the same technique over and over until the technique no longer works. There’s a saying that repeating a behavior expecting different results is a sign of stupidity. Well, perhaps not stupidity, but I do think it is an indication you need to step back from the problem.

But what if you’re so upset, so emotional, you simply can’t step back. You need an answer right now. You sit there thinking and thinking, certain that if you only thought about it in the right way everything would fall into place. What do you do then?

It’s very simple, and I think you’ll find it enjoyable.


 

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