Many times in life we tend to over complicate things. We look for explanations for things that are already self-explanatory. We also tend to overthink stuff and instead of choosing the most practical and most simple solution. We would rather go for something way more complicated.
It’s very interesting to me to think about how our intellect works. It works in a weird way and it thinks that the more complicated something is the easier it works. But that’s not always the case. Let me explain why.
Choose the simplest option and stop overthinking:
Let’s say you have 2 ways of doing the same thing. Let’s say we take riding a bike as an example.
Your first option would be to just go for it. Sit on the bike and try pedaling. You’ll probably fall but with time you’ll learn and become good at it.
The second option is to learn absolutely everything about the bike. You learn about how the bike is built, who built it and how it developed. You also study the most optimal way to pedal and the most optimal time of day to go riding the bike.
While option 2 will 100% lead to better results over time it won’t necessarily make the process any easier or even more enjoyable. In fact, it can actually take away from the process.
The second option is similar to overthinking in life. The second option takes something as simple and easy as riding a bike and makes it hard and complex. It makes it so hard and complex that it could potentially take out the whole enjoyment out of the process.
Have you ever found yourself doing something you absolutely loved, but then when you started to look for ways to get better at it, you stopped enjoying it?
This is exactly what I’m trying to say. This is essentially based on a principle called Occam’s razor, which I only found out about yesterday.
In short, the principle talks about the most simples solutions often being the best. I cannot explain how true that is. Not only do the most simple solutions work the best, but they’re also the most enjoyable.
Overthinking everything takes away from the enjoyment:
Think about it. Have you ever found yourself in a situation – doing something you love, where you had to do a lot of thinking? In fact, you did so much thinking that when you had to take action you felt absolutely crippled?
After being presented with so many ways the situation could play out and possibilities of it going good or bad, suddenly everything seemed exhausting.
It wasn’t even fun anymore, you just wanted to be done with it. That’s the number one thing we often forget about.
We focus so much on the result and we overthink our way to try and get to the result, but in fact, the secret to getting to the result you desire is taking the most obvious and simple option.
By doing that you’ll be able to enjoy the process much more and you’ll perform better at the task you’re doing.
The most important answers are often the simplest. Same goes for work.
The simplest form of work is often the most important.
Thanks for reading.
Until next time,