Finding that I overthink while completing a test or task; so much so that I complicate a task that if I did half distracted I would do even better and faster. I feel sometimes that my desire to be a perfectionist is more a hindrance than a help. Though I am starting to learn that our strengths have a proper place and time. When they are used outside of their correct parameters they become hindrances instead of values. The real challenge in life is learning to balance. My brothers once compared life to a juggling act where you have to keep tossing stuff up to get to the other stuff you are juggling without dropping anything while you continue this process.
I am also learning that to help unravel why one behaves a certain way you have to look at the motive. For every behavioral pattern, there is a mental thought process that has cleared that behavior to be the most practical response to the presented scenario in which you are facing.When digging at the root of why I overthink, I have often found that I seek to excel at the task at hand. So in my case overthinking is my solution for a fear of failure or simply my way of wanting to do my best best.
Now do I have to overthink to be at my best? Of course not! As I stated earlier I also noticed then when I was not fully concentrating on the task at hand I often did better and faster. Further proving that the overthinking was a negative reaction to Fear. Obviously, something that deserved to be dealt with. So some people would ignore such patterns or simply do nothing with this information. I want to be the best me I can be. So again I visit my battle against fear and it's access to my behavioral patterns in an attempt to avoid detrimental life-limiting behaviors. I hope you will too.
*Be Bold and Be Brave, or if you are a Trekkie, 'Boldly go where no one has gone before' or your fear room, within your mind palace.(Sherlock Holmes)