Stop overthinking, Optimize your life
We all live with anxiety, let’s turn that into productivity
Human beings are a complicated and contradicting species. We are blessed with the gift of self-awareness that allows us to perceive our environment as well as to question our existence which, can be inspiring to some people. However, this ability to constantly question ourselves can, if not properly contained, be detrimental to our mental well-being. Even more so, now that we have plenty of time on our hands to overanalyze, given the fact that most of our life’s physical hardships have been minimized by the advancement of technology.
We no longer have to think of solutions to what used to be inconvenient tasks because that has been done for us — think how much easier it is for us to communicate with people halfway around the world! That being said, there are two outcomes our obsessive pondering can lead to, anxiety or productivity.
The first route our undisciplined imagination leads to is a place not uncommon to most people around us, anxiety. Generally, all of us are living with varying levels of anxiety. Some cope better than others. Some distract themselves while others dwell in it. My advice to this group of people is to find a productive outlet for your restless minds. If you focus 100% of your mental energy on something productive, well then there’s none left to worry.
“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.”
― Amit Ray, Om Chanting and Meditation
Human beings have a finite mental and emotional capacity, if we choose to fill that up wholly with something good for us, whether by force or by chance there will simply be no room for us to be anxious about the little things, we would simply exhaust ourselves. Why ponder on about what others think of you when you can ponder about what your next novel is going to be about, or what you would do if you had all the money in the world to start your own business.
Then some are already there, those who focus all that energy into being productive. These people chose to spend that energy focusing on the actual problems that they face. As a result, most are relatively well off. I used to think that people like that were wired a different way, but the more effort I put into redirecting my thoughts, the more I realized that it is more a conscious choice than it is the way a person is wired. We should all aim to be amongst these groups of people.
Ultimately, we should treat the brain like a muscle in our body. We can train it to be however we want it to be, it just depends on how much effort we are willing to put in. If we constantly get distracted by the things that are going on around us, it is more difficult for the tracks in our brains to develop the way we want. Discipling our thoughts is not an easy task, but what will help is if the thing that we would like to focus on brings us some happiness.
“The mind is just like a muscle — the more you exercise it, the stronger it gets and the more it can expand.”
― Idowu Koyenikan, Wealth for All: Living a Life of Success at the Edge of Your Ability
Since we have all the time in the world to think, why not think about what our true passion might be and what makes us happy? That way, it would be much easier to be productive.
For every decision that you have to make from now on, make one that is the most beneficial to you and that will make you the happiest in the long run. We are the kings of our lives, unfortunately, most people forget this.
Winning in life takes a little bit of effort and exposure. Floating through life is easy and peaceful, not entirely wrong but it depends on what you want to accomplish in life.
Be mindful, put effort into everything that you do while keeping in mind the things that bring you joy. Don’t be stuck in a dream-like state. We only get one chance in life and it’s happening right now. Try your best to optimize your life and don’t waste your mental capacity overthinking things that are not productive for you or this world.