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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?”
Keep It Simple
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Progress Over Perfection
Sometimes the size of our goals is the greatest barrier to achieving them. This week, Dr. Michael Brown is joined by first-time guest and Three Words Podcast producer Greg Jenkins as they re-evaluate whether pursuing the best is actually best.
Accept The Mystery
There are equal parts fear and joy in that which we do not know. This week, Dr. Michael Brown and Russell Catania discuss the role of certainty, control, and choices in navigating our complex world.