Whether you beat yourself up over a mistake you made yesterday or fret about how you’re going to succeed tomorrow, over thinkers are plagued by distressing thoughts.
One of the strongest addictions of humans, according to well-known spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle, is overthinking.
While it’s an addiction you won’t usually hear about, we all struggle with it. Sometimes we can’t stop overthinking. We find it difficult to let go our thoughts, and sometimes this can create chaos in our lives, as well as much confusion.
Related: 6 ESSENTIAL COMPONENTS OF FULL FOCUS
We need to become more aware of the present moment and to let go of the pseudo sense of self.
People tend to overthink certain decisions, while they make others too quickly. So question is, is there a formula for effective thinking?
Yes, there is. Every problem is a overthinking problem at its core. If you’re not achieving the results you want, it probably has to do with your thought process. To change your results, you need to be willing to change your ways of thinking. There are three kinds of thinking I suggest you implement: solution-oriented thinking, no-excuses thinking, and long-term thinking. Avoid negative thinking, it takes up the same mental real estate as positive thinking and pollutes your brain.
Expand your thinking by asking four questions:
- How can I?
- Who else is doing it? (Can I benchmark and/or model it?)
- What resources might I bring in or add to help me think more effectively?
- What roadblocks do I need to eliminate beforehand?
It’s easy to get carried away with negative thoughts. Before you conclude that calling in sick is going to get you fired, acknowledge yourself that your thoughts may be exaggeratedly negative. Learn how to recognize and replace thinking errors before they work you into a complete frenzy.