Overthinking it vs jumping in and screaming all the way down

June 5, 2013 10:23 PM

Overthinking shit
(source: motifake.com)

Recently I had advised a friend to not over-analyse something and to just go ahead and do it. Perhaps I was projecting what I want to be myself and I had said to him,

Just do it now and worry about it later. What’s the worst that can happen?

In hindsight that was probably not the best advice. After all, I had nothing to lose so I can afford to be reckless. Sorry buddy! Hahah!

In life, there are two extremes in how you can approach any situation:

  1. Analyse it to death, or
  2. throw caution to the wind and consequences be damned.

In other words, you can over-think it and then end up not doing it or you can jump right in and scream all the way down. In the past I have tended to over-think about everything. I’d project a situation four or five steps into the future like I was a playing a game of chess. But there is a reason why we fear the unknown and want to know as much as we can before we do something – it’s a survival instinct.

Most of us lie somewhere in between, the happy medium. Although sometimes, you just have to take a leap of faith and hope that you land softly. Even if you don’t, at least you have a story to tell after, right? 🙂

I am a lot of things but I’m definitely not like this guy’s friends in this clip. 😉

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