Just Have a Go – Why Trial and Error is The Key To Success

Hello, I’m Kat and I’m a professional overthinker. And I can bet most of you reading this are too. 

So many of us seek outside validation, reassurance or confirmation before we make a decision. To be 100% sure that it’s ‘right’. 

We want a guarantee, that if we do X we’ll get Y

I notice this massively in the personal growth and goal setting work I do. 

How many times shall I go to the gym each week?
Do I need a morning routine?
What’s the healthiest breakfast to have?
How many Instagram followers do I need before I launch this business? 

The answer to any and all of these questions is…how long is a piece of string? 

And it’s not what we wanna hear. We want a guarantee, that if we do X we’ll get Y. But life decisions can’t be cookie cutter perfect, slotting into place in just the right way.

The beauty of being a human is you’re 100% unique. Nobody can replicate you. So why would your personal journey be anything other than completely unique to you? 

The key is to not get bogged down in the nitty gritty details.

Yes, advice, mentorship, coaching, all these things are amazing and can support you along the way. 

A nutritionist can recommend examples of healthy breakfasts that you can try. 
A coach can help you explore options to try and achieve your goals. 
A business mentor can share how they built their business, for you to try and see what results you get from their methods.

Do you get where I’m going with this? Too often, we get caught up in the details and don’t look at the bigger picture. 

We want to know exactly how many times we need to workout, what time we need to get up every morning, how many green juices we need to drink, how many minutes we need to meditate for, how many hashtags we need to use, what book we need to read. 

The one and only way to discover this answer – the answer that’s correct for you – is to try. 

If you’re a professional overthinker like me, my advice? Just do it! Just have a go! Try new things. Research and implement. See how that decision/direction works for you. Compare results and test, test, test. 

Something works? Do it more.
Something doesn’t work? Move on quickly and don’t over think it.

This can be applied to any area of personal development. Your workout routine. Your business strategy. Your self-care rituals. 

The key is to not get bogged down in the nitty-gritty details. To recognise that overthinking is your comfort zone and you’ll get stuck there if you let yourself. 

Many successful individuals attribute their achievements to being quick, intuitive and adaptive in their decision making. If you paralyse yourself with 1000 questions, you’ll find yourself lagging behind with your goals.

In the time it took you to figure out the ‘right’ way, someone else has already had a go, learnt from their mistakes and grown. 

My gut helps massively with this. Learning to follow my gut reaction to any scenario has helped me shift direction, try new things and learn what works for me.

It’s a process and it doesn’t happen overnight, but I’m happy to share more about that in upcoming content if you’re interested?

If you’re a professional overthinker – I hope this post was encouraging. Let me know what you think!