Stop Overthinking and Start Making Decisions Confidently

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Do you find yourself spending too much time pondering and not enough time getting things done? Overthinking is common, especially when making decisions. Overthinking wastes time and lowers your confidence.

The most successful people make decisions quickly and stick with them. The less successful take too long to decide and quickly change their mind afterwards.

A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken a new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided.
– Tony Robbins

You might think that you’re being responsible and cautious by taking your time to decide, but you’re shooting yourself in the foot. There’s no evidence to suggest that ruminating excessively on a decision results in a better outcome.

Make up your mind and get on with your life:

1. List the advantages and disadvantages. Write them down. There’s something magical about taking pen to paper when making decisions. By the time you’re done, you’ll have a better idea of the right direction to take.

2. Be aware of your core values. Decisions are more quickly and easily made when you know your core values. When you consider a choice, test it against your core values. Often, these choices aren’t the easiest, but are in your best interests.

3. Remember that you can always change your mind. There are few, if any, decisions you must stick with until your funeral. Just knowing that you can change your mind later can give you the comfort needed to decide. It’s not possible to predict the future with 100% accuracy anyway.

4. Avoid paralysis by analysis. Over-analyzing doesn’t lead to better results. It leads to inactivity and confusion. The Special Forces have a rule that you only need to be 70% certain to act. You might not be in the military, but the same general concept applies.

* Often, the window of opportunity closes before the last 30% of the information can be gathered.

5. Think both short-term and long-term. Ideally, an option exists that satisfies both criteria. Ask yourself if you’ll be happy with your decision in 15 minutes and in 15 years. Any decision that meets both requirements is a great decision.

6. Stay busy. Those that overthink often have the luxury of too much free time. Busy people make decisions quicker because they don’t have the time to brood over every decision. Be more active in general. You’ll find it easier to make decisions in a timely fashion. Exercise is one way to stay busy. You don’t overthink when your body is tired.

7. Use your experience to your advantage. You’ve made plenty of poor choices over the years. It would be a shame to allow them to go to waste. Consider whether you’ve been in a similar situation in the past. You might gain some great insight.

8. Use a timer to make decisions. Most decisions don’t require weeks, or even days, to make. A couple of hours is more than sufficient most the time. Use a timer and put some focus on the issue. When you hear the alarm, it’s time to decide. A timer is an effective way to narrow your focus.

9. A good decision now beats a great decision later. What are you waiting for? Success is more about making decent decisions and working hard than it is about making awesome decisions. Avoid overestimating the value of perfection and underestimating the value of activity.

Avoid over-analyzing every little decision. You’re limiting your results in life if you spend too much time making decisions. Be clear on your values and consider using a timer. You don’t make better decisions by overthinking them. You just waste time. Use that time to execute your decisions. You’ll be more successful.

8 Powerful and Effective Tips to Reduce Stress Levels

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Stress is no respecter of anybody; it can be found anytime, anywhere and everywhere; your relationships, work, the climate condition, your health, and your finances can each be a source of stress. When you take a closer look at all these things, you’ll agree with me that ordinarily they themselves are not at all stressful, however, we easily create stress out of them by the  in themselves, but we create stress by the way we construe them. Stress can be created in so many ways and likewise we can reduce stress levels in many ways.

Bearing in mind how depressing stress can make one’s life, learning how to reduce stress levels is a time spent well. Below I will share some useful tips, this is not a “one hat fits all” solution. However, you are bound to find one that works perfectly for you if you can be persistent in trying a number of possible solutions till you find that perfect solution for you.

Try these powerful and effective ways to reduce stress levels you encounter daily:

  1. Laugh More. Laughing is a perfect remedy to stress. Having a good laugh will make you feel better mentally, emotionally and physically. If you must, get yourself an audio CD or a book of jokes or go online and search for humour-related websites and have a quick pick-me-up jokes every now and then.
  2. Get Close to God. I personally believe that my closer walk with God has helped me live a stress-free life. I am quite confident that a lot of people also find that their belief in God has helped relieve reduce stress levels considerably. If you don’t attend church regularly, I encourage you to re-examine yourself. Find a place and time in the day or night to spend time communing with God and build a relationship with Him. A relationship with God will not only put your life in order but also give you inner peace and joy.
  3. Get a brief nap. Having a nap is a great way to reset your brain and rejuvenate yourself. You may have to try out different timings for your naps as there isn’t a duration that’s a best solution for everyone. I personally find that if I nap for too long, I feel quite woozy and irritable. Just ensure you discover the best sweet spot for you.
  4. Write in your journal. Everyone should have a journal! If you yet to start a journal, it is time you do. You can start with a straightforward notebook if you make it a daily habit, you will reap the benefits. Once you notice you’re beginning to feel anxious about something, get your journal out and start writing about your feelings. It may look silly to start with, but writing is an effective way to get negative thoughts out of your head. Try it and see how much better you feel.

    If you don’t think your anxiety, depression, sadness and stress impact your physical health, think again. All of these emotions trigger chemical reactions in your body, which can lead to inflammation and a weakened immune system. Learn how to cope, sweet friend. There will always be dark days. – Kris Carr

  5. Have daily walks. Get yourself a good pair of walking shoes and maybe an umbrella, depending on the weather condition. Walking is cost-free, good for your body and soul, and a fantastic way to reduce stress levels. Find a way to incorporate one or a couple of walks into your daily routine. You’ll be happy with the results.
  6. Learn to breathe deeply. Practice taking slow, deep breaths and concentrate on your breathing to reduce stress levels. The combination of altering your breathing helps in taking your mind off your challenges and it works like magic. Basically, you take a slow breath, hold it for two seconds, and then release it slowly. Do that 10 times while concentrating on the process.
  7. Listen to your favourite music. Music is a highly effective way to alter your emotions. With the right choice of music, you can make yourself feel happy, sad, energized, or angry. Choose your music wisely and keep it handy. Repeat the same music over and over if it makes you happy.
  8. Make a list of solutions. You get stressed because you worry about the future. Instead of worrying, make a list of ways to deal with what is bothering you. You’ll reduce stress levels if you concentrate on what you can do to resolve your challenges.

Stress is bad for your physical and mental health. You don’t have to live daily with stress as it will eventually affect your well-being if not brought down to a manageable level. There are many ways to deal with the physical and mental effects that stress creates. The above powerful and effective tips can help you a great deal to reduce stress levels when you experience stress. With time, you’ll find the best strategy that work the best for you.

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Free Your Mind and Gain Perspective

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Unless you’ve been meditating in a monastery in Tibet for the last decade, your perspective is skewed. It’s skewed by your past, the expectations of others, and your emotions. We inadvertently trap ourselves with faulty thinking and incorrect perceptions. Much of this is habitual and challenging to change, but it can be altered.

Give yourself a break from your self-imposed limitations – free your mind:

1. Free yourself from the past. Hopefully, you’ve learned a lot of valuable lessons from your past. Unfortunately, you’ve also learned a lot of incorrect information, too. You’ve learned to avoid and fear things that are actually good for you. You’ve learned to like things you should avoid.

  • The past exists to serve you, not to guide you. Focus on today.

2. Take a media diet. The media is hardly about reality. It’s about ratings. The media might be presenting factual information, but the information isn’t the norm. It’s the interesting and sensational things that keep viewers tuning in night after night. The media present a narrow slice of the world.

  • TV and newspapers also present advertisements. That’s how they pay for the “service” being provided to you. Marketers attempt to present a certain lifestyle as ideal. You can determine your ideal lifestyle for yourself.
  • Take a break from the news and attempt to ignore the advertisements. Consider recording your programs and skipping through the ads.

3. Make decisions without concern for what others think. Admit it. When you make certain decisions, you consider how your decision will be perceived by others. This might be important in a work setting, but you should feel free to be yourself the rest of the time.

  • If you don’t think your friends will approve of a decision, you might need to find new friends. People admire and respect those that are willing to be authentic and be themselves.

4. Forget about the possibility of being perfect. Perfection is an unrealistic expectation. Life is about dealing with the imperfect. Your partner, boss, children, physique, health, finances, and the weather are consistently imperfect. Your job is to figure out how to manage the imperfections.

5. Talk to an older relative that you respect. Sure, your grandfather wears socks with his sandals when he goes to the beach and pulls his bathing suit up to his armpits, but he knows things that you don’t. People in their middle age tend to be a little too serious.

  • Those over the age of 70 have a unique perspective on life. Spend some time with an older relative and ask questions. Ask them how their perspective has changed over the years. It’s likely that you’ll experience similar changes, too.

6. Watch younger children. Kids under the age of five are young enough to not care what others think, but are old enough to have preferences. Children of this age will do whatever they want if left to their own devices. They are psychologically free. What would you do if you had the perspective of a 4-year old?

Regularly take a mental break from the world and assess your perspective. The challenge with enhancing your perspective about life is that you’re constantly “in” your life. When you’re in the middle of the woods, all you can see are trees. But the world also contains oceans, deserts, and mountains.

However, it’s even more challenging than that, because you’re the one that created the trees in the first place! Those trees are likely limiting you. Disengage from time to time and seek a new viewpoint. Move beyond your past. Free your mind and gain perspective.