I am a profound overthinker. I can put off an important decision almost indefinitely simply because I don’t want to make the wrong decision. And I can get pretty down on myself for doing this, which actually makes me do it more. I worry that I am overthinking, so I actually overthink about overthinking.
When I go to write an article on my blog. When I come up with a new comic idea. When I want to share art. When I want to start a conversation. Yes, I do these things often, but the number of times I don’t because I’ve talked myself out of it are innumerable.
When I overthink, I am trying to keep from making a mistake. But it is far easier to learn by doing something and correcting once you see the results, than waiting until you are sure you’ll get it perfect to try. I know this. I teach other people this through art. If you wait to show me your drawing until you have it just right, you will never show it to me, and I will never be able to help you improve. Same thing with singing. I have worked with choral groups, new singers just starting out, and they want to sing really quietly so they don’t mess up the person next to them. But if I can’t hear them, I can’t bring everything together. There will be flaws that persist, that basically are just put off until later.
So, you have to give yourself grace. It is more important that you begin the work than that you spend years learning everything you can before attempting it. Learn as you go, and practice. Practice. Practice. Write your blog posts. Share your art. Sing loud. Give yourself grace to make bold mistakes and learn from them.