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From Overthinking to Self-Confidence: How I Learned to Trust My Instincts

In the past, I held the belief that being an over thinker was synonymous with ensuring that every detail was carefully considered and accounted for. However, I have since come to realize that my tendency to overthink was actually rooted in a lack of confidence in my ability to make sound decisions without second-guessing myself.

Hear me out, initially I believed that my tendency to overthink was a positive attribute, as I thought it helped me avoid mistakes and make better decisions. I would spend long hours analyzing every possible outcome, weighing the pros and cons of each option, and trying to anticipate every potential problem that could arise. However, as time went by, I began to realize that my overthinking was actually causing more harm than good. Instead of feeling more confident in my decisions, I found myself feeling increasingly unsure and indecisive.

I would spend so much time analyzing and worrying about every little detail that I would often end up paralyzed, unable to make a choice at all. It was then that I began to understand that my overthinking was actually a symptom of my lack of self-confidence. I was so afraid of making a mistake or being wrong that I felt like I needed to consider every possible scenario before making a decision. I was convinced that if I didn't take every little thing into account, I would make the wrong choice.

Over time, I learned to recognize this pattern of behavior and started taking steps to overcome it. I started practicing self-compassion and accepting that making mistakes is a natural part of the learning process. I also learned to trust my instincts more and started making decisions based on my gut feelings rather than getting bogged down in analysis paralysis. Now, I can say with confidence that I no longer consider overthinking to be a positive trait. While it's important to weigh the pros and cons of any decision, it's equally important to trust yourself and your instincts. Overthinking can often lead to indecision, anxiety, and stress, and it's important to recognize when it's time to step back, take a deep breath, and trust in your own abilities.

My advice for the overthinkers…

It's important to strike a balance between analyzing options and trusting your intuition. It's also helpful to keep in mind that making mistakes is a natural part of life and can lead to valuable learning experiences. Remember to practice self-compassion and be kind to yourself throughout the decision-making process. Keep up the good work!


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Apr 16, 2023
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Excellent advice!

Keneisha Stone
Keneisha Stone
May 22, 2023
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Thanks for reading 🙂

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