The Positivity Blog uses some of Bruce Lee’s best quotes in this article to explain how you can get your actual life into shape, not just your workout or your body. I’m sure everyone knows but Bruce Lee wasn’t just a martial artist or actor. I’m not saying I know a whole lot about him, but I did read The Tao of Jeet Kune Do when I was younger. I remember many of these quotes and philosophies from the book when I read this great article. One of my favorites, which was one of the 7 points in this article, was this great quote on simplifying.
“It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.”
“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.”
If you want to improve your life then it’s tempting to want to add more. One problem with this may be that you don’t really have the time or energy to do more though. And so your efforts to improve become short-lived.
Adding more and more just creates more stress and anxiety. Removing clutter and activities, tasks and thoughts that are not so important frees up time and energy for you to do more of what you really want to do. And as the clutter in your outer world decreases the clutter in your inner world also has a tendency to decrease. This has the added benefit of making it easier to actually enjoy whatever you are doing even more while you are doing it.
Adding more thoughts and thinking things over for the 111:th time may create a sense of security. It’s also a good way to procrastinate and to avoid taking that leap you know you should take. And the more you think, the harder it gets to act. Perhaps because you want to keep that comforting sense of security and avoid the risk of wrecking that feeling.
Thinking has its place. It can help you plan a somewhat realistic route to your goal and help you avoid future pitfalls. Overthinking is however just a habit that will help you waste a lot of time. It’s more useful to replace that habit with the habit of just doing it.
Bruce Lee’s Top 7 Fundamentals for Getting Your Life in Shape (Positivity Blog)