Don’t Overthink It by Anna Bogel gives you actionable strategies that can make an immediate and lasting difference in how you deal with questions both small–Should I buy these flowers?–and large–What am I doing with my life?
More than a book about making good decisions, Don’t Overthink It offers you a framework for making choices you’ll be comfortable with, using an appropriate amount of energy, freeing you to focus on all the other stuff that matters in life.
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30 Quotes from Don’t Overthink It by Anna Bogel
What if instead of wasting our time overthinking, we focused on the good we might do?
You are not doomed to a life of overthinking. You can do better, but it won’t happen instantly. Getting your thought life under control is a process.
Getting caught up in overthinking may be a vicious cycle, but extracting yourself is a virtuous one.
When we assume we can’t, it’s guaranteed we won’t.
Perfection isn’t possible, but change totally is.
With an experiment, there’s no “do it right or do it again”. Instead, it’s “do it and see what happens”.
Analysis paralysis is dangerous because, left alone, it will never resolve itself. We can’t think our way out of it. Unless we recognize what’s happening and intervene, we will remain stuck.
Instead of helping us solve the problem, our mental habits make us more entrenched in indecision.
Calling perfectionism what it is deprives it of its power.
We can’t keep searching for perfect solutions, interesting as the pursuit may be, because perfect solutions don’t exist.
When I try an experiment, success is getting an outcome. Any outcome. The goal is to get results, not a win.
Simple abundance is a frame of mind, not something you can buy; that feeling of plenty doesn’t even have to carry a price tag.
Improvement won’t happen on its own, and it won’t happen overnight, but it will happen.
Sometimes I only pretend I don’t know what to do, because I don’t want to do it.
When faced with an unexpected moment of decision, it’s easy to freeze. But to get to the other side where the good stuff is, you have to enter into the messy middle of uncertainty and decision. The joy is at the end, and the only way out is through.
Our perspective impacts how well we deal with the situation at hand. When we perceive the stakes to be high, we’re more likely to freeze—especially if we’re prone to perfectionism.
Instead of striving to choose the ideal option, we can aim to choose a good one, reminding ourselves that the best memories often start with something going wrong.
Being a responsible adult is the most underrated form of self-care.
If you care, you’ll be there. If you don’t, you won’t.
It’s hard today, but it won’t stay hard forever.
When you take control of recurring decisions, you take control of your headspace. Choose well.
We think that we have to learn how to give, but we forget about accepting things, which can be so much harder than giving.
Our habits can serve us or they can be our undoing.
What you do with your minutes and hours adds up to a life.
What happens to us is often out of our control. But what we think about what happens determines how we feel, and subsequently, what we do about it.
When we know we need to move forward, we must do it with our whole selves—with our actions and our minds.
We are cultivating the person we are and will become, one thought at a time.
We all want lives that could be described as well-lived. But when we spend our time overthinking, that is what we’re doing with our life.
Overthinking is not just a nuisance; every minute we spend overthinking is a minute not spent on the things that matter.
It’s easy to feel hopeless and helpless, but we don’t have to be responsible for complicated solutions. We can begin where we are. We can make a difference. We can be a force for good, for our own sake and for the world’s.
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