Overthinking or underacting?

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It’s easy to get stuck in a cycle of overthinking and underacting. But as the old saying goes, “it is easier to act your way into thinking than to think your way into acting.” We can better understand our thoughts and feelings and ultimately progress towards our goals by taking action.

The Power of Action

Working on something can also help to remove the fear of it. As we take the first steps towards completing a task or achieving a goal, we may feel fear or doubt. But as we continue to work on it, those fears and doubts can dissipate.

Experimentation can also help us to overcome fear and doubt. By focusing on the “doing” rather than the “thinking,” we can prevent doubt from creeping in and hindering our progress.

Moving past fear and doubt

The first reaction is one of fear. It’s not that we fear the unknown. You cannot fear something that you do not know. Nobody is afraid of the unknown. What you really fear is the loss of the known. That’s what you fear.

Anthony de Mello

Just as fear can hold us back from taking action, doubts can prevent us from thinking big and pursuing our goals. By recognizing and moving past these fears and doubts, we can open ourselves up to growth and progress.

If courage isn’t the absence of fear, but moving past it, then thinking big isn’t the absence of doubts, but moving past them.

Gary Keller

So the next time you find yourself stuck in a cycle of overthinking and underacting, remember that fear and doubt are only barriers if you let them be. Take the first step, experiment with a new idea or approach, and see where it takes you. You may be surprised at what you’re capable of.