How to not overthink so you can take action

Young man, you’ve probably already read some of Nerdow’s article. Maybe one of them sticks with you and you decided to act on it. Or you think about applying tips right in your life… But you’re stuck because you overthink it’ll bring you nowhere.

I’ve got some great news for you. When getting started you don’t need to think much nor to plan for anything. In fact, thinking can be quite discouraging – and scary – when you are just making your first baby steps. I’ve been where you are right now, and had I thought too much about acting, I would not be where I am today.

If there’s one reason I’m achieving some gym success and have this website running, it’s that I’m acting without thinking too much – don’t believe that thinking is wrong. The process of thinking about something you never done before can be scary at first. You may not even try what you’re about to do because you stopped and decided it’s worth a second thought.

Just like that, imagining you are walking on top of cliff next to the sea. You want to jump and have fun in the water. Unfortunately? Your “mountain” is 10 meters high. Now, either you jump RIGHT NOW and rationalize it afterward.

Scary cliff next to the sea

Or you start pondering if that’s a good idea…

  • What if there’s not enough depth?
  • What if that’s too high?
  • What if there’s a shark below?
  • What if that’s too deep I can’t get back to the surface?
  • What will people think of me?
  • What if I fail?

Are you jumping after thinking of all the potential – and highly unlikely – scenario that may play? Probably not. That’s what we call overthinking – or as my self-improvement fellows would tell: fear by analysis.

Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing “bad” about pondering the yes and no about your issue. In fact, sometimes – when you aren’t scared of the situation – it’s quite useful and avoid you mistakes.

Cold harsh truth: overthinking can be daunting and may stop you in your conquest.

To be fair with you, it’s something that still bother me sometimes. Especially when I’m out biking in front of a new obstacle. I could easily jump over it. Unfortunately, I stop and start thinking in “What if?”. It’s counter-productive and it’s quite human. Most of the time, I decide to not even try the jump.

It’s no different for most people. They want something. Ponder if the reward is worth all the psychological trouble. Believe it’s not. Give up.

It’s probably one of the hardest problems I can help you overcome on Nerdow. You see, everything I do on here is writing. And telling you about my reality – so hopefully it becomes yours too. I can write thousand-words-long article, and I have zero guarantee you’ll at least give try to what I’m knocking on the paper. Because Nerdow isn’t just about me. It’s about telling you what’s possible, so you get out there and chase it down. When it comes with step by step instruction, it’s quite easy. Now this one? It’s as simple – and complex – as doing what you want – I know, zero guidance on this sentence. That’s why I’ll do my possible to go further.

Telling you “don’t overthink” will not help you at all.

Don’t believe reading this article alone will solve all your problems. It will not. It may get you on your way to stop overthinking and start doing, and that’s just the beginning of it.

What really matter is that you do what you want – and don’t stop to ponder if that’s worth it or not.

So, are you overthinking?

Here’s how to know if you’re overthinking. This is the classic scenario, and it happens every time you strike an overthinking moment.

You see something you want – and starts to think on how to get it all for yourself.

In these situations, you always get two choices: fight or flight.

Your brain sees these scenarios as a terrible problem that could put you in trouble… While sometime this problem is as simple as asking the hour to a stranger – read our guide to extrovert if that’s daunting to you

Fighting will not guarantee results.

Moving away guarantees failure.

Here’s your quick solution:

Every time you fell in a fight or flight situation, choose to fight.

Here’s the take. You don’t need to win the fight every time you want something to feel like a winner.

I’m telling you my secret. Most of the content of Nerdow is actionable. It means that to get the most bang for your bucks you must take specific actions.

Results come from acting, not overthinking.

Next time you read an article on Nerdow – or any other website. Find the bullet points leading to actions. Write them down on a sheet of paper. Execute every point.

You aren’t into fighting? Fine. You’ll regret it in the future while other readers and I won’t.

Your choice, your consequences.

Anyway, if you’re falling short in term of actions you can take right-now, this article will probably solve the riddle for you. That’s the top 6 actions I’m recommending every young man to take.

What it’s like to act without thinking?

Jon wants to build a blog where he tells young entrepreneurs how to build websites – hint, this niche already exists, don’t try it.

First point he tackles: Jon ask his good friend Google. Building website isn’t sorcery, otherwise they wouldn’t be millions of them two clicks away. Google tells the young man there are companies who can get him started for 5 bucks a month. They provide a domain name, a CMS (Content Management System) and get a new website on the web within hours.

Jon stops overthinking. Their offer looks great, he buys.

Two hours later his website is online. It looks awful, as none of the features he’d expect and load in more than 10 seconds. Worse, it doesn’t show up on Google. He thinks the company tried to fool him. Being smart, Jon Google each of these troubles individually and figures out the following:

  • Jon needs to get WordPress as a CMS, so he can customize his website. Another Google search helps him download WordPress and install it on his server. Jon’s website now runs with the system he wants.
  • WordPress main page tells him there are countless free themes he can apply to your website… so it looks marvelous. The man asks Google how to install a theme. He finds one that suits his needs. The website now looks good.
  • What about the features he needs but can’t find on WordPress? Google tells jon about plugins. He checks it out, find a solution.
  • Unfortunately, the website still doesn’t show up on Google. He learns about SEO. A so-called expert tries to sell him a 197$ guide to SEO so he can make more money with his blog. Sounds interesting. Jon buys. Jon learns. Jon’s website ranks first for 13 popular queries, making more views every day.
  • Within a year, his website is now notorious enough – or at least he wants to make some $$$. Jon decides to write a comprehensive “How to build websites from scratch” guide, selling it at 50$.
  • 1,206 users visit the sale page, but no one decides to buy. Jon asks Google, he answers with copywriting. Jon happily buy a 497$ copywriting guide from someone who teaches him how to “Write words selling like no tomorrow”. He learns and implements the stuff on his sale page.
  • Two weeks later. Jon sold 17 books at 47$ – the guide told him to change the price. Jon is happier than ever. He decides it’s the time to create a complete program he sells for a monthly payment – maybe that’s what he read in the copywriting guide?

Congratulation to Jon, he built a website without thinking.

Now for the bad news? Most people will just Google “How to build a website”. See it costs 5$ a month. Overthink about what they can do with this big bag of money. Prefers to spend 5$ a month on Spotify. Leave the game.

That’s what overthinking looks like.

Be smart, don’t think.