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Paralysis by Analysis outtake

If you've ever seen Shark Tank, then you know of the investor, Robert Herjavec. He said,

Thinking too much leads to paralysis by analysis. It's important to think things through, but many use thinking as a means of avoiding action.

How true is this? I know it's been true for me at one time or another. I know there have been times when I've been so overwhelmed at the idea of starting or finishing something because of things that I've read or needing to create the perfect plan that I almost didn't do anything at all.

Paralysis by analysis very much stops you in your tracks. For some, being frozen by analysis looks like having a bunch of pop-up boxes in your mind all calling out for your attention, and sometimes it's too many boxes at one time and you shut down much like a computer. You get overwhelmed and can no longer cope with any of it. This leads to major roadblocks in the path to your success. So what do we usually do? Push it off for tomorrow or the next day, or whenever you think it'll feel better.

And does it really ever feel better or do these feelings just roll over to the next time you want to try it out?

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Life was easy back then, right?

Do you remember being in high school and having major final exams coming up - you know the anxiety you felt knowing all the things you have to study for??

I know for me, personally, I spent tons of time just thinking of all the notes and reports and lectures that I had to go over and review to prepare for the exam! Just thinking about it was so overwhelming that I would push it off until the last minute.

I was never good at test-taking, and maybe this is why. Instead of choosing one or two things to focus on and studying those each night, I would push it all off and wait until the last minute and then cram it all in before the exam.


Today, I've learned to use the overwhelming feeling of needing to accomplish something to my advantage. I use those feelings as fuel. When I started this company (while working full-time and raising a toddler), I could have easily become overwhelmed to the point of giving up. Instead, I shifted my perspective to the positive and did not allow all of these post-it notes, and pop-up boxes that were rummaging through my mind block my clarity. I considered it an opportunity that I was voluntarily making for myself and for my future.

And so I use the excitement of wanting to help people really push through all those things that I have to do. Every day I read something new, create new content, or double-down on my skills as a career coach...even if the action is small, it will always be better than inaction.

My husband always reminds me to step away from whatever it is that I don't understand or is frustrating at that moment. To go relax, or go for a walk. It's so much better to have good thoughts take over productivity.

For some people, careful analysis and detailed planning eliminates potential frustrations.

And this is fantastic.

I mean, if you can plan out in detail what your new business venture is going to look like, or where your next career move will be, and you actually get to the part where you're putting in the work, then go for it! You will be unstoppable!

The reality is for most people, the opposite is true, some people will carefully analyze their next few stops so much that they don't actually move. It's all the what-ifs that we can't control that is equally overwhelming.

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You can come up with the best and most perfect plan in the world for your amazing business or new position, but none of that will get you any closer to what you want unless you actually dive in -unless you actually do the work. It's important, of course, to do things right. But it's also important to understand and acknowledge to yourself that you will never be fully ready or prepared to do anything.

In most cases, there is really no amount of planning that will compete with putting pen to paper. Over-thinking and analyzing is really a way of preventing yourself from taking the leap, and so then you have to ask yourself, why? Are you afraid of actually putting yourself out there? Maybe you'll think you'll end up being wrong, so you avoid decision-making. If we fail at something, that can definitely be a scary thought.

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City of Angels

Speaking of failure, I know that feeling all too well. After graduating from college, I wanted to move to LA to pursue acting and so did all of my friends. We spent a good amount of time thinking of all the steps we needed to make that actually happen. And at the end of the day, nobody was really moving. We were all just talking about it and planning it, and thinking of all the things we needed to do to get ourselves from Miami to Los Angeles - I realized this was becoming a dream instead of my reality.

Within a month's time, I decided I was moving. I picked a random date on the calendar and moved within a few months with nothing but the money I had in my savings, hope, and a dream. I didn't have a place to stay, and I really didn't know anybody. But I did it anyway - I figured it out along the way. Had I over-analyzed or thought of everything that could go wrong, because moving across the country has its disaster potentials, I would have never, ever made that life-changing decision. Acting didn't pan out but it was some of the best years of my life, and I'm forever grateful for that decision I made so long ago.


So how do we overcome paralysis by analysis? How do we move past these emotions and these fears when we become overwhelmed with information that we're just unsure where to even begin?

Start by recognizing that you may never have the perfect plan or that there will always be something more to learn. Allow yourself the grace of not knowing every detail and that things will end up turning out to be just fine.

Simplify your to-do list. Ask yourself, how important is this to my immediate goal? Will the outcome impact me in any negative way? Do I have to make the decision right now? These questions are really important and will help bring clarity to what you truly need to know to make a move, or if it's something that you want to know because it'll help you later down the line with. It helps bring clarity and really bridge the gap with what is truly important to you at this very moment, because honestly, there will always be more information than you can possibly ever take in!

Remind yourself that you're not in a race, and seeking perfection can really end up doing more harm. Take one task, work on that, and then move on to the next. It doesn't have to be perfect, it just needs to get done.

Like with all habits, this is really a mind shift game. You need to retrain your brain on how not to freak out by over-analyzing. Avoiding paralysis by analysis will not only immensely help you in business with obviously very good decision-making, but it will help you to take charge of all your thoughts in all aspects of life. Slowly but surely you can start closing out those pop-up boxes that you've got floating around in your head and get ahead of the game.

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The look you give when you've overcome paralysis by analysis

I hope this has helped you in some way! If you struggle with this, try these tips out and let me know how it's helped you!

Until next time!


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