Analysis of data beyond a certain point will paralyze you, and not knowing what you are looking for before searching will only add up to the severity of paralysis. With analysis paralysis, you might spend a lot of time researching options to make sure you’re making the best choice. You spend so much time thinking through choices you could make and end up not coming to any decision at all. The fear of missing out the other option will start clouding your decision and tip your scale off balance.
My mentors taught me that you make a decision and then you make it the right decision. Think and then don’t question yourself once the decision is made. You can work anything out, if you put your heart, mind, and soul to it. Everything boils down to clearly knowing what do you want from your life?
When we were in school, we all knew students who couldn’t have cleared even the open book exams. Why? Because even if they were given the book, they wouldn’t have known what to look for in it. This is applicable in every aspect and at every level of life. Majority of people are blind to the “not so secret” key to success. It is not about the information revealed to you, it is about you knowing what to look in that information and how to use it efficiently. Otherwise, analyzing every piece of information in depth will lead to serious mental disorders with zero outcomes.
Analysis or Lack of Common Sense?
Last weekend, I got a chance to attend a life transformational business conference. Successful people laid out the plan to generate wealth and earn back precious time simultaneously. That made me wonder, why would someone successful share their secret this openly? Pondering over it made me realize, entrepreneurs hide their secret from the outside world because they are worried that someone else might steal their Mojo. On the contrary, successful entrepreneurs hand out their secret freely because they know that it is password protected and the password is common sense. Common sense is not so common after all!
Most of the times we hide behind the elaborate analysis and stories that we knit in our head to protect our ego when the simple truth is not everybody has the intestinal fortitude to step into the business arena. Everyone fancy the idea of becoming their own boss and having a secondary source of income that can unlock their financial freedom but only a handful of people are willing to work for it.
Three trigger questions that you need to ask yourself to break through the paralysis of analysis (provided if you really want to):
Where do you want to end up in life?
What are you willing to do for it?
What are you willing to give up to achieve it?
Get out of your own way, stop the paralysis by analysis.
Decide what you want, create a simple plan, and get moving! – Steve Maraboli