10 reasons you’re an overthinker


73 percent of 25-35 year-olds  and 52 percent of 45-55 year-olds overthink. (Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, Univ. of Michigan)


Yesterday the garage installed studded snow tires on my truck. I’m ready to battle the steep wintery hill that leads to our home in central Pennsylvania.

In winters past, the hill handed me a few crushing defeats. I perilously slid down its dangerously slick surface. But not this year! This year I’ve got traction.

Get traction by thinking less

Every day at 4:50 my coach calls me with a series of questions. Here’s one, “Did you spend time thinking about the future?” A few weeks ago I thought that was an insightful question. After all, when our memories exceed our dreams the end is near. Today, I think it’s dumb.

Focus on thinking, you’ll get more thinking.
Focus on doing, you’ll get results.


Ten reasons you overthink

#1. Thinking is safe.

#2. Thinking feels like doing even though it isn’t.

#3. Thinking makes you look smart.

#4. Thinking helps you prepare solutions for imaginary problems.

#5. You fear not having an answer.

#6. You don’t trust yourself enough to find solutions as you go.

#7. Your organization is filled with people protecting their turf.

#8. Fear of failure rather than passion drives you.

#9. You speculate about the motives of others.

#10. You don’t know where you’re going.

Traction action

I’m asking my coach to ask a new question. “What did you do today that builds your preferred future?” That’s a “studded snow tire” question.


Why do people spend too much time thinking?

Thinking is necessary, how much is enough?

How do you get results?


Added resource from the BBC: “It’s good to think but not too much, scientists say”


In praise of self-doubt: http://leadershipfreak.blog/2010/11/01/in-praise-of-self-doubt/