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Don’t Let Overthinking Stop You from Living the Life of Your Dreams

Everyone has the life in mind they want to live, but very few take the steps to get there. Why? If you’re at point A and want to be at point B, what is stopping you?

The answer. The answer usually has to do with a lot of overthinking and worry about any type of risk.

It’s easier to sit on the sidelines and watch from afar. You may be watching some people follow their passions, take a risk, and fail. Others may be lucky enough to take the risk and succeed immediately.

Let me tell you something; part of the journey IS failure. You’ll probably fail and fail again. But, failure isn’t something to be ashamed of. It shows you where the weaknesses are, what still needs worked on, and where you need to go next to be successful in your plan.

In today’s article, I will share a few methods to help prevent overthinking and stay on track to take risks on the journey to success.

Before I do that, I talk to A LOT of successful people, and not one started easily. That being said, the most recent CEO I have worked with started off by selling everything she owns to raise the funds for her company to launch.

She took a huge risk- and it paid off! Though there were failures in between, four years later her company is now worth over a million!

Now, i’m not saying you should do the same. Everyone’s journey is different. But, a risk could involve something as small as coming home from your regular job and spending 2 hours each evening making a plan and working on it. Then, once that plan is made, spending that extra time implementing it. With continued effort, it could replace your 9-5!

In this article, I want to share a few tips with you on how to NOT overthink… and I am sure I will learn more in the process (I am also an overthinker although I do my best not to).

Step Outside the Box

It’s easy to see a small bump as a mountain when you’re looking at it head on. Take a step back. Is the thing that’s troubling you really that important? Sometimes you’ll see that it, in fact, is. Most of the time you’ll see it’s just a small bump in the road and easily resolved.

Will what it is matter to your life’s plan right now? How about 5 years from now?

Set Time Limits

When you’re making a decision and need more time to think, set a time limit for yourself. For example, if I am unsure on if I want to onboard a new product or take on a certain client, I give myself about three days. If I am still unsure, the answer is no. If I am uncertain after 3 days, it must not be the right time.

If it is the right time, I have given myself a bit of extra time to brainstorm.

Give Yourself Stress-Free Days

This is insanely important. I can’t stress this enough. Especially when starting a new venture, you’re going to need time off even if you don’t want it. Give yourself at least one day every 2 weeks to do completely nothing except for clear your mind, breathe the fresh air, and do something fun. Take your mind off your project for a little while. Enjoy time with your friends or family. You’ll come back with a clear mind ready to go.

I can tell you from experience, if you don’t do this, you will eventually burn out. Yeah, I know, I told everyone I wouldn’t burn out either. But, eventually I did. Fortunately, it took longer than most, but I still reached the point where I was just overwhelmed and was unsure of what direction to head next. Now, I make sure I have at least one day per week that my mind is clear. This has significant improved not only my companies, but also my mental health.

Get a Good Start

The beginning of your day sets the tone for the rest. Find a routine that motivates you and stick to it. This one is a hard one for me. My days seem to enjoy throwing curveballs at me.

I have thought about this a lot. My ideal morning would be to wake up, take a walk or a run for at least 5 miles, shower, and then get started (can’t forget my coffee when I sit down at my desk). This looks different for everyone. You have to find out what works best for you.

Find an Organizer

It has taken me years and years to find an organizer I actually like. I am a very visual person and tend to write/brainstorm with paper and a pen. I have been trying for years to find an organizer I would actually use. I have tried Basecamp, Asana, etc. One I tended to stray away from for whatever reason has always been Trello… but that’s what I use now and I could not be happier.

I enter in all of my appointments, blog articles, projects, everything! And, I have a different board for each topic in my life (or each company). Plus, unlike the others I have used, Trello is free with the number of boards I use!

Get Out of Stressful Situations

Here’s another hard one for me. I am one of those types of people who tries to make everyone happy. As you know, that’s literally impossible. You can’t make everyone happy.

And, I am one of those people who hate to say no which doubles my stress.

But, it’s important. Feel free to say no or stay out of situations that are complicated, drama-filled, and stressful. These will heavily weigh on your mind, happiness, and your work!

Final Thoughts

I don’t want to drag this article on for too long. We can talk more about each of the individual topics in later blogs. But, this is where I will leave you for now. This is a good start. Begin here and work your way out. I will be working on these too right along with you!

Walt Disney once said, “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”. To be successful is to have no limitations, it is to work through all obstacles, to have extreme passion for life, and love for others, and this seems to be the underlying motto of Amber Drake’s life. Drake is a highly accomplished, world-renowned, and published book author, freelance writer and editor, inspirational speaker, an inspiring teacher, a well-reputed canine behaviourist, a canine cancer researcher, and the CEO of Canine Companions. As a child, she was keenly interested in the veterinary field and this interest paved way for her to be the successful businesswoman she is today. Starting with an Associate of Science degree in Biology in 2007 from Jamestown Community College, she has since expanded her knowledge horizon by acquiring a Bachelor of Science in Biology degree with courses from both SUNY Fredonia and Cornell University, followed by a Master of Arts Degree in Education (2011) from Ashford University, a Post-Master’s Educational Certification, and a Doctorate in ABD from the North Central University, Prescott Valley Arizona. Driven by her love for dogs, she regards her company, Canine Companions, as her greatest work-related accomplishment. She wrote the book, ‘Dog Talk: What Your Dog Wants You To Know’ as a comprehensive guide to understanding the behavior of dogs. She has since been involved in numerous writing jobs in the field, varying from writing about veterinary medicine for pet insurance companies to serving as the Co-founder and Vice President at Preferable Pups. She actively engages in content management, copywriting and research work, ghost-writing, and content marketing for organizations around the world. In addition to being an incredibly successful writer, canine behaviorist, and a CEO, she is an educator as well as an experienced curriculum developer. She is a Professor of Veterinary Medicine at Mentoray, where she teaches and develops curriculum. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Professional Sciences at Kaplan University and an Adjunct Instructor of Biology at Jamestown Community College (10+ years). Drake is a woman of many skills. She has been in the freelance content writing field for almost 7 years now with a vast amount of writing experience throughout the past ten years. She is a proficient copywriter, blogger, and has years of experience in content management and development, content creation proofreading, written communication, and correspondence. She has a number of certifications including, but not limited to, Canine Psychology, SEO, Content Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Snapchat Marketing, and Google AdWords. Drake is a woman of extreme passion with great love for her work as a canine behaviourist, writer, and college professor. You can read more about her on her website http:/www.AmberLDrake.org or connect with her on her Facebook page, www.facebook.com/specialistamberdrake.

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