Overthinking usually carries negative connotations associated with worry, brooding, and obsessive ponder which has a lot of people thinking, “can overthinking be good?”
Overthinking can definitely be good. In fact, overthinking can be an absolutely wonderful experience. Have you ever fallen in love, or looked forward to a vacation? Remember how it feels to be excited about going to visit an old friend or your first day of school after summer break, or even summer break itself?
Those are all wonderful things to think about and things you might classify as overthinking. Wouldn’t life be sweeter if that’s the tone you carried through all your overthinking?
For the next couple of minutes, we’re focusing on the negative side of overthinking, but I want you to hold it in your mind that the opposite is not only possible, but closer than you’ve ever imagined.
What Causes Overthinking
Overthinking is caused by two things: curiosity or worry, and is either stoked or exacerbated by obsession.
The curiosity aspect of overthinking drives creativity, discovery, and innovation. Look toward the most revered minds of history and you’ll find the list littered with those obsessed in their fields of study or a combination of them.
Darwin studied barnacles… yes, the bumpy thing you find on whales and pylons for 8 years. Da Vinci made a comment in one of his notebooks about needing to larn about the shape of a woodpecker tongue. Edison tried thousands of different filaments before he created the lightbulb. Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos are rocketing us closer and closer to a universe with humans on multiple planets.
Where the creative aspect of overthinking is fueled by finding answers to solve problems, create solutions, and invent new technologies, the worry side focuses more on the intangible aspects of life.
What is worry, anyway?
Worry is taking your mind off the present and placing anywhere but where you are right now.
- it rains tomorrow
- I don’t have enough money to retire
- I don’t have a date this weekend
- I can’t pay my mortgage
- my spouse cheats on me
- people think I’m…
- my family doesn’t like my partner
- my kid doesn’t get into a good school
- I get fired
- I don’t get the job
Not a single one of those things is anywhere in the present moment or are anywhere close to the vicinity of where you are right now.
When Does Overthinking Become a Problem?
Overthinking becomes a problem when it gets in the way of our enjoyment of life.
There are many individuals who, if put in Da Vinci’s, Darwin’s or Musk’s shoes, would cave under the amount of critical thinking, observing, and obsessing over those innovators carry.
And many individuals would therefore complain of overthinking, even amid breakthroughs, discoveries, and triumphs. Very few of us are capable of handling that level of intensity and riding the wave produced from the efforts.
Most of us skew on the opposite side of the spectrum.
Where curiosity drives action, worry usually detracts from it especially when the worry consumes us and
To stop overthinking, you need to get to the bottom of the worry, which is often fueled by feelings of inadequacy, acceptance, shame, guilt and other lower frequency emotions. Since worry is the by-product of these emotions, finding their roots and eliminating the ties you have to these emotions severs your fealty to them.
“So I need to sit on a couch and spill my guts for salvation?”
Sitting is not a very healthy activity. Prolonged sitting causes hip and back issues as well as weakening the leg muscles and expanding your gut.
“So you’re not a fan of meditation?”
I love meditation. I do it several times a week, usually after my breathing routine first thing in the morning.
The problem with meditation is it takes too long.
What if I said you can find the emotions causing your overthinking with your fingers? You’d think I was crazy if you didn’t hear me out, but your fingers can be the barometer of your emotional health or lack thereof, if you know how to use them
Muscle Testing To Get Rid Of Overthinking
Self-muscle testing is one of the most productive tools I’ve ever discovered. It puts YOU in direct contact with YOUR body and gives you instant access to the wealth of knowledge and the experiences your subconscious has latched onto creating the human being you are today. Using just your hands and two fingers on each hand, your subconscious will cough out the answer (yes or no) to ANY and EVERY question you ask it.
Here’s what the questioning looks like:
Are there any emotions attached to my negative overthinking?
If you get a yes, you need to know where to look.
Next, we use a meridian chart.
Question: Is it fire, earth, metal…?
Let’s say we get a break on the Water Meridian. There are two organs there: bladder and kidney.
When we test those two, we get a break on the kidney.
There we find…
- sexual insecurity
- creative insecurity
- painful memory
On our test, we get a break on anxiety. The release point for anxiety in the kidney is located at the top of the chest.
Deep breath, Amo on the exhale then we retest the anxiety. When it’s clear, run the same test for more emotions until you clear all the underlying emotions of overthinking.
Once you clear the emotions causing your obsessive worry, you can turn your attention to more creative ventures with your overthinking which leads to…
What Are Overthinkers Good At?
Overthinkers are good at thinking… A LOT. So what does that mean?
It means overthinkers are good at problem solving. Since their interest in a problem is more than a fly by night/passing interest, overthinkers can channel their energies productively to benefit themselves and others.
With a foundation of negative thinking, you can use your newfound clarity to see the negative without obsessing over it, thus removing the rose-colored glasses and seeing situations from multiple vantage points with multiple possible/potential solutions that others fail to see.
So, Can Overthinking Be Good?
Overthinking most certainly can be good. If used creatively to explore our curiosity, and expand our knowledge of a person, place, thing, situation, emotion, or energy, curiosity can not only be good, it can be a superpower.
What would do with your newfound overthinking superpower?
- start the business?
- learn a new skill?
- turn an idea into a reality?
- help others?
- help yourself?
- feel the stress melt away?
- finally learn how to say no?
Contact Bo for a free session to discard the worry plaguing your thoughts and uncover the superpowers hidden underneath.