Anxiety & Depression How to Stop Overthinking With Bestselling Author Jon Acuff By Amy Morin, LCSW, Editor-in-Chief Published on June 01, 2021 Print Verywell / Julie Bang Table of Contents View All Table of Contents Meet Jon Acuff Why Jon Acuff Is Mentally Strong What You’ll Hear on the Show What You’ll Learn About Mental Health and Mental Strength Quotes From Jon More About the Podcast Every Monday on The Verywell Mind Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Amy Morin, LCSW, interviews experts, authors, entrepreneurs, athletes, musicians, and other inspirational people about the strategies that help them think, feel, and do their best in life. Subscribe Now: Apple Podcasts / Spotify / Google Podcasts Meet Jon Acuff Jon Acuff is a NY Times bestselling author. He’s written seven books, including his newest one called Soundtracks. He’s also the host of a podcast called, “All It Takes Is a Goal.” He’s a popular motivational speaker and he’s got a great sense of humor. He talks openly about some of the struggles he has experienced in business and in life and the lessons he’s learned along the way. Why Jon Acuff Is Mentally Strong Jon’s new book, Soundtracks, is about overthinking. In it, he shares the strategies that work for him when he has a broken soundtrack playing in his head. He acknowledges that he’s a work in progress and he offers actionable advice for his readers and listeners. He’s also open about the fact that he has seen a therapist to help him change his thought patterns. He’s not afraid to talk about the need for professional help sometimes. What You’ll Hear on the Show The difference between overthinking and being preparedHow Jon overthinks when asked to pick a restaurantWhat overthinking looks like in businessThe simple exercise that will help you identify your broken "soundtracks"The link between loneliness and overthinkingHow the pandemic has led to increased opportunities to overthinkA soundtrack that can help with shameHow to borrow other people’s soundtracksThe specific soundtracks Jon has borrowed from friendsThe one soundtrack he’s taken from Kanye WestThe three questions you should ask every soundtrackWhy your brain is a jerk and the three things it does to youWhy everyone has a pocket jury who is looking for evidence that might not existThe risk and benefits of placing labels on yourself or being labeled by other peopleHow to turn down the dial on the soundtracks that aren’t helpfulHow to track your progress without expecting immediate results Caring for Your Mental Health in the Return to Normalcy What You’ll Learn About Mental Health and Mental Strength The way you think affects how you feel and how you behave. And overthinking can be a huge roadblock to thinking and feeling your best. Some people rehash things that already happened and it prevents them from enjoying life now. Others second-guess what they should do next to the point that they can’t take any action. And sometimes, we just keep replaying the same unhelpful messages in our heads over and over. Fortunately, you can learn to respond to negative thoughts in a more productive way. And you can choose not to believe everything you think. Jon’s suggestions about soundtracks are helpful strategies for dealing with thoughts that can hold you back in life. It’s similar to creating mantras or catchphrases that can help you think differently. Quotes From Jon Approach change as a tourist, because we're all tourists to 2021. Nobody right now would go, ‘This is like my 50th global pandemic. I've actually been through so many of these.’ What if, when you receive feedback, it's an invitation to grow, not an attack on who you are?Thoughts always turn into actions. Actions turn into results.We want silver bullets a lot of times in life where I think the healing and the growth is really in the process.I'm either going to succeed at it or I'm going to get a story. More About the Podcast The Verywell Mind Podcast is available across all streaming platforms. If you like the show, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts. Reviews and ratings are a great way to encourage other people to listen and help them prioritize their mental health too. Links and Resources Follow Jon on Instagram Listen to Jon’s Podcast, “All It Takes Is a Goal” Visit Jon’s website Why People Ruminate and Tips to Stop How to Know When You’re Overthinking 6 Tips to Change Negative Thinking By Amy Morin, LCSW, Editor-in-Chief Amy Morin, LCSW, is the Editor-in-Chief of Verywell Mind. She's also a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and international bestselling author. Her books, including "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do," have been translated into more than 40 languages. Her TEDx talk, "The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong," is one of the most viewed talks of all time. See Our Editorial Process Meet Our Review Board Share Feedback Was this page helpful? Thanks for your feedback! What is your feedback? Other Helpful Report an Error Submit Speak to a Therapist Online Advertiser Disclosure × The offers that appear in this table are from partnerships from which Verywell Mind receives compensation.