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Getting there, step-by-tiny-step

Published 26 days ago • 1 min read

Ladders are useful.

Back to basics this week, as I'm thinking about overthinking! Here are three things on that theme to help us climb our way to productive contemplation:

  1. “This process involves questioning whether a thought contributes to solving a problem or improving understanding. If it doesn’t, it may be categorized as unproductive rumination…” and nine other strategies for overcoming overthinking by author and editor Ali Alzahrani
  2. A Thought Ladder is a simple step-by-step method for transforming an unhelpful thought into a more productive one. I first heard of this method from MCC Kara Loewentheil and have created (and recently updated!) a simple worksheet so that you can apply the concept for the thoughts you want to upgrade.
  3. “I know I am in good hands when I sense a cohesive point of view expressed with attention to detail.” — a concise reflection about the impact of clear thinking by writer and Obsidian CEO Steph Ango

Extra thoughts…

Lately I've been noticing and accepting when I have mixed feelings about various things. Embracing that I might not 100% agree with something, and that's ok. There are still parts that are valuable. And that can make the whole of it useful enough.

With that, I'm working on finding value in just about anything, and letting the rest go.

I would love to hear your thoughts about this. When things are neither complete perfection (e.g., brunost) or thoroughly undesirable (e.g., stepping in poop), but rather have a mix of good and bad aspects, what do you do?

Kim

PS. For this week's unthinking link, know that you are always making progress


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Kim Witten, PhD - Coach & Consultant

Hello! My name is Kim Witten and I’ve spent four decades overthinking absolutely everything. I’ve turned this ability into a super skill to get stuff done and now my mission is to help others do the same. Read more about my journey

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