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Overthinking is the art of solving problems you don’t have

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My goodness but many of you sure do over-complicate things.

Do the first thing first.

Then do the next.



As you step over one hurdle the next hurdle reveals itself.

This is *normal*.

You need to understand that hurdles are just stepping stones in disguise, and your path only reveals itself as you put one foot in front of the other.


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Here’s a thread I created years ago. I urge you to watch all three videos in it.

And here’s some threads in a similar vein:
 

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This has been a BIIIIIIIG problem of mine! Perfect reminders for me as I kick off 2019!
 

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I think one of the reasons why I personally overthink things is because of how I wired my brain. I see every task I do as related to my identity and perceive each suggestion for improvement as my personal imperfection of sorts. It kind of feels like finally building enough courage to approach a girl and being rejected, because I am not tall enough - therefore, I take all precautions necessary and it usually results in hours of wasted time brainstorming all sorts of different scenarios.
 
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I think one of the reasons why I personally overthink things is because of how I wired my brain. I see every task I do as related to my identity and perceive each suggestion for improvement as my personal imperfection of sorts. It kind of feels like finally building enough courage to approach a girl and being rejected, because I am not tall enough - therefore, I take all precautions necessary and it usually results in hours of wasted time brainstorming all sorts of different scenarios.
Very good point. Thanks for having the courage to share.

You likely hit the nail on the head about why people procrastinate and suffer from perfectionism. They fear shipping, because they see it as a personal rejection if the market doesn’t like it.

What if you view everything you release as a test?

“Hmmm... I wonder if visitors to this simple page will actually contact my plumber client?”

“I wonder if anyone will buy my course if I release it?”


I’ve deliberately created a few progress threads to show how I don’t (or try not to?) care about where I am at the start. I just start where I am and keep going. Those threads include me going round in circles and then making progress, to go around in circles again.

Maybe check out the “AndyTalks Progress Thread” or my paid email newsletter one?
 

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What if you view everything you release as a test?

“Hmmm... I wonder if visitors to this simple page will actually contact my plumber?”

“I wonder if anyone will buy my course if I release it?”
This was just what I was thinking. Treat everything as an experiment.

I keep telling my Son; 'there is no such thing as failure, only feedback'.

He has had one business failure and it is holding him back from trying again.

We all suffer fears of failure, of being seen by our peers as less than we had hoped. None of us are impervious to our human failings. We can however pre-emptive those feeling by recognising them and removing the fear in the first place.

My friends and family have questioned why I gave up a successful business to build another one. I tell them it was only meant to be a temporary business that lasted longer than I had anticipated as I enjoyed it so much.
However I really want something more scalable with less daily input.

The important part is I tell them that I don't know if the new business will work. It's an experiment. I think it has a good chance but won't know for sure until it is up and running. Worst case scenario is it won't be profitable enough so I'll just have to dust off the old business to bring in an income again and try something else.
 

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Here's what I do now to overcome my overthinking (some insights borrowed from Dalio's Principles):

1. Write the stuff from my worried brain down. Who knows, they may be great ideas or hypotheses

2. Come up with 1 or more possible steps to deal with these assumptions. Are they true? If true, is it conditional? Within what conditions? What can I do about it? Have I heard of any similar problems or solutions before? If not, where can I find them?

3. Do the steps. Learn on the run, if needed. Do the ones that I can do in the next few hours or days.

4. If I left some of the 'overthoughts' out due to lack of space within a set period of time, lets say 4 days, I'll look at it again and probably I might find it less important to pursue.

The last few days on my progress thread was like that. Shit suddenly went from 0 mph to 120m ph...
 
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Here's what I do now to overcome my overthinking (some insights borrowed from Dalio's Principles):

1. Write the stuff from my worried brain down. Who knows, they may be great ideas or hypotheses

2. Come up with 1 or more possible steps to deal with these assumptions. Are they true? If true, is it conditional? Within what conditions? What can I do about it? Have I heard of any similar problems or solutions before? If not, where can I find them?

3. Do the steps. Learn on the run, if needed. Do the ones that I can do in the next few hours or days.

4. If I left some of the 'overthoughts' out due to lack of space within a set period of time, lets say 4 days, I'll look at it again and probably I might find it less important to pursue.

The last few days on my progress thread was like that. sh*t suddenly went from 0 mph to 120m ph...
This is interesting.

From point 1... my brain isn’t worried. I’m confident in my ability to figure it out when I get to it. Do you think that makes a difference?
 

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This is interesting.

From point 1... my brain isn’t worried. I’m confident in my ability to figure it out when I get to it. Do you think that makes a difference?
Haha I used 'worried brain' to describe my mind when I get into bouts of overthinking.

Of course confidence makes tremendous a difference. We need confidence to do all things, including dealing with the overthinking issue.
 

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