What I consider to be my greatest strength is also my Achilles heel; I am a thinker. Or maybe it is better worded to say I am an over-thinker. I process the happenings in my life to a point of dissection that annoys my wife and eventually annoys myself. I cannot shut it off nor have I found a way to stop the snowball effect that over-thinking creates.
It plays well at work because contemplation allows me to uncover the smallest of details, which impresses the client (most of the time). But sometimes I get paralysis via analysis in other parts of life. If someone says something to me I can’t help but wonder if there is/was some ulterior motive or double meaning. “What did they mean by that?” is a common question in my mind. And that begins the vicious cycle of over-thinking.
My mind is geared toward contemplation, but sometimes I wish I could just shut it down.