Think Do, Therefore I Am
I think it’s safe to say we’ve all felt overwhelmed a time or two. You know that quick-sand-sinking-can’t-breathe-elephant-on-my-chest-head-in-a-blender feeling that leads to…deer-in-the-headlights-I-can’t-feel-my-tongue-why-can’t-I-see-colors feeling.
Usually, I champion thinking…you know…through affecting channels like Critical Thinking: The Other National Deficit bumper stickers and magnets that remind us to Think: It’s Not Illegal Yet…
But…I’m having second thoughts.
Sometimes the most effective way to get over feeling overwhelmed…or ineffective or unaffected or unmotivated or disconnected…is to shut down command.
That’s right…forgetta’bout’it. Stop thinking about what she said, what he did, why you said that, how it may look, what went wrong, why it won’t work, what so-and-so thinks, how to begin, why things always turn out like this, what-if, what-if and what-if...
Give yourself to the Dark Side. Yes, your thoughts betray you.
When Darth Vader comes creepin’, use the force to send your “thinking brain” to a galaxy far, far away. Go ahead and channel your inner ‘wookiee’, your “animal brain” that wants to act, wants to do first and think later…find food, take shelter…survive!
Do something – anything. Take one action, accomplish one task: write your name, wash the dishes, call your mother, organize your desk. Start with something trivial, something rote, to help power down and then just keep going…I mean doing…
Don’t (all together now) over think it.
Actions (all together now) speak louder than words…anyway.
And to prove my point…I’m not going to think too much about where the nerdy Star Wars references came from?!?!
Stay tuned for next week’s blog post on the importance of critical and creative thinking…