Seven Ways to Overcome Paralysis by Analysis.
As a reader of our blog, I suspect you are looking to increase your prosperity and well-being. No doubt you’ve dedicated yourself to learning how to make yourself more in tune to bringing in more wealth into your life, and the life of your family. You have probably been also looking into using the internet as a means of building wealth with an online business. But you are also very busy because of your present work, family, or other things going on in your life.
Therefore, you’ll want to use your time as efficiently as possible. Among other things, this requires you to carefully consider each decision before you make it. You want to make things as perfect as possible the first time. But be careful here. If taken too far, trying to review or prepare for every possible contingency or try to learn everything before you start can result in the paralysis of analysis—what can also be thought of as “vapor lock of the brain.”
Rather than waste your time with indecision, adopt the old “motion beats meditation” maxim. You’ve probably heard it this so often you consider it a cliché—but have you actually tried following it? Most clichés become clichés because they contain elements of truth. As long as you have just enough information and other resources necessary to start taking some sort of action, then just do it! Nike’s famous ad slogan applies to you following your dreams. Let your motion in any direction shatter the ice of indecision.
VIDEO: Seven Ways to Overcome Paralysis by Analysis
Watch the following video where I talk about taking action and how to overcome paralysis by analysis.
If you ever find yourself suffering from analysis paralysis, or even just dragging your heels due to uncertainty, put these tips into play.
1. Reject the idea of perfectionism.
Everything has some level of downside risk. Even “sure things” can go completely wrong. You need to realize that no matter how much time and effort you’ve spent preparing, you’ll probably hit some unexpected snags or roadblocks. No plan survives an encounter with reality. You can always improve things AFTER you get started. You will naturally learn a lot by taking action, and so you will continually want to tweak the result… but you can only improve something IF you start it.
2. Accept the possibility of failure to avoid paralysis by analysis
Naturally, you want to do your best for yourself and your family…but inevitably some of your decisions will be wrong. Recognize that fact and stop huddling in one place; instead, choose a direction and get moving. Maybe you’ve picked the wrong way…ok, so be it. You’ll soon know once you are off track, and can readjust your course. Very few decisions are irreversible and cannot be changed. If you at least learn something, then you can’t consider any misstep a complete failure. Thomas Edison was known to make over 1000 mistakes before inventing the light bulb, so you are in good company.
3. Focus mostly on getting started.
Knowing where you want to go and the basic route you need to take represents half the battle. You don’t have to sharply define every step of you plan before beginning. You can handle the fine details on the fly. That said…
4. Follow the blueprint.
Often you have a blueprint to follow… a plan. This could be from a mentor, or someone who you can model after to mimic their results. Determine where you are lacking, then create the mileposts discussed previously and then get to it! Now remember that your plan is NOT written in stone. You will want to revisit it occasionally as you learn more. Changing the plan is normal. But you still need a plan to strive towards to help you get started.
Create a schedule. Know when you absolutely have to have a task done. Break it into easy pieces that allow you more than sufficient time to complete it before the final deadline arrives. This will motivate you to stop wasting time and get started. For example, nothing beats writer’s block better than knowing you have only until a specific date to turn something in. It will also help you leave something as “done” once the deadline passes so you don’t rework it too much.
6. Listen to both your head and your heart.
Sometimes a certain course of action makes absolute sense from an intellectual perspective, but it still seems wrong somehow. If this happens, your subconscious mind or higher self has probably noticed something your conscious mind hasn’t. In this case you may use your emotional intelligence (EQ) as well as IQ when making decisions. Now, be careful here because instinct can sometimes lead you astray. Instead consider both sides of the EQ/IQ equation, and make your decision based on the most persuasive reasons. You may still be wrong, but you’ve got to decide something. In the end you took action and that is always better than inaction.
7. It is easy to dream big, but hard to act in a big way.
When we act small, we serve no one. That is why it is best to come up come with a grand dream but then break it down into smaller mileposts. It makes the journey seem a lot less intimidating. Be sure to celebrate the accomplishment of each milestone… and reward yourself.
This brings me to my final point: realize that there’s no such thing as not making a decision. If you drag your heels, events will make your decision for you if another person doesn’t. You’re not a puppet, so don’t sit there and allow others to pull your strings and determine your fate. If you don’t make decisions others will make them for you. So start taking steps to overcome paralysis by analysis. Shape your future yourself with your own timely decisions.
Overcome paralysis by analysis and make today your first day of progress towards your goals. Take a step, even a small step, and before you know it you will be well underway.
Here’s to your future!
Article: Seven Ways to Overcome Paralysis by Analysis