Episode #91 Don't Overthink It

Although in varying degrees and in different dimensions, most of us are overthinkers. This week, Dr. Michael Brown and first-time guest Jake Thompson encourage us to stop wondering about the past and worrying about the future.

Show Notes

Even in the invitation to be on the podcast, I was overthinking. Then I realized that if I don’t step into things within that first response, then the overthinking usually goes to indecision or excuses.
Jake Thompson

Three Problems

  • Thoughtfulness is healthy and helpful, but overthinking is often harmful.
  • An unwillingness to move until we are absolutely certain tends to leave us motionless.
  • Worrying is, in essence, borrowing sorrow from tomorrow and dragging it into today.

Four Reasons We Overthink

  • We believe there is only one best option.
  • We are afraid of failure.
  • We have an aversion to risk.
  • We would rather avoid doing something difficult.

Five Principles

  • We don’t need to overthink things in order to take them seriously.
  • If we believe in a God who has a will for our lives, we can also believe in a God who adjusts our trajectory when we are going the wrong way.
  • Failure is not fatal but is merely a part of the journey.
  • It is completely normal and entirely appropriate not to make decisions about career and calling until we are forty years old.
  • Our trajectory in life often more closely resembles a zig-zag than a straight line.

Three Practices

  • Take that single step forward as an act of faith, even when you are not 100% certain you are moving in the right direction.
  • When failure leads you to doubt your talent and question your worth, consider whether the failure was actually evidence of a closed door.
  • Consider the question, “What can I learn from this present experience, even if it turns out to be only temporary?”