Living in a world which is increasingly pendulum swinging to extremes, it’s easy to get stuck there, or rather ride the pendulum involuntarily.
Realising we may be overthinking something is often all we need to do to clear the path for greater clarity.
Knowing that we’ve built too many scenarios is often a sense of relief. Realising it ourselves that is. There is much less power when someone else may suggest, or even tell us that we are overthinking.
But what about under thinking?
In the health and fitness industry this is often put on display, and always with good intent.
People beginning to train for a half marathon, going from 10 sedentary years to 5 days at the gym, no diet to three diets. Given that we are living in a less active world, it's all great to see. But diving in too early does come with risks.
It makes it a little easier to approach the questions of “under thinking” when looking at the human body, because it is so complex.
Our bodies adapt to what we do daily, and what we don’t do.
A great example is taking up running. If the last time you hit the pavement was a decade ago, your body needs some adjusting if you want it to be sustainable.
We need to work on strengthening your legs, getting mobility in your joints, re-introducing your body back into high impact (absorbing force) and get your cardio fitness up enough that you can maintain a decent running technique. All of this takes time, and it’s very hard to speed up processes.
Although it does take patience, it won’t take 10 years.
To under think the process to exercise again could mean you start too hard, too fast and your body quickly tells you, that it is too much.
To overthink may mean you never start.
This comes down to the simple fact of threading the needle of understanding where you are, starting small and compounding. With exercise, it may mean (and I highly recommend every one does in any way possible) hiring a coach, not for motivation neccessairly, but for guidance.
Motivation lights the fire, it is a plan that keeps it going.
I remember someone talking about their process of making a tea before jumping to any conclusions about their next steps.
Perhaps next time there is an urge to carve any entirely new journey for yourself, we ask the question, “am I underthinking this?”