Can’t seem to decide after all that research? You could be Paralyzed by Analysis?

I think I’m ready, I just want to confirm a few things to ensure that I’m doing the right thing!

Then you end up over analyzing everything you come across and eventually delaying the decision making and getting started.

Does this sound familiar?

It’s called Analysis Paralysis

Analysis Paralysis is when the fear for potential error exceeds the potential for success and prevents a decision from being made. An overload of options can overwhelm the situation and cause this “paralysis“, rendering one unable to come to a conclusion.

When you have decided to achieve something, act as soon as you have figured out where to start.

They say, the single biggest difference between the haves and the have nots… is the willingness to TAKE ACTION!

You don’t need to know the whole path, you only need to know the next step.

Don’t get stuck trying to figure out everything in one day.

What causes paralysis by analysis?

  • When you are overwhelmed by too many available options.
  • When you feel pressurized to make the right decision and eventually stalling or never making one.
  • Over complicating the decision when it could be quite simple.

What should I do when I get paralyzed?

  1. Perfection is not always key. Learn to separate small from big decisions. Some decisions don’t need a rocket scientist. Overthinking things will only do you harm.
  2. Understand the main objective and if the information gathered meets the outcome, make the decision based on that. Point out the main deciding factors and if their met, make that decision already.
  3. Speak to someone else about the matter, it might help to hear a different opinion. Presenting to someone else forces you to digest the information you’ve been collecting and can help you deliberate better, so reach out to mentor, co-worker, or friend.
  4. Think of it as a journey with different pit stops. But you must start the engine and move to get to the next stop.
  5. Limit the amount of information you intake, too much information can lead you to further analysis and comparisons. Less is more.
  6. Set a deadline and be accountable for it.

checklist to curb your analysis by paralysis

Next time you catch yourself over thinking a particularly issue again and again, ask yourself ‘which will I regret more, doing it or not doing it?

There is so much more to Analysis by Paralysis, but here I just touched on the basics and how I have been able to deal with it.

When you know what you want, make that decision to take a step. STOP creating excuses and roadblocks to sabotage your Success.

Tell me connect how you deal with getting stuck and struggling to decide.


“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done’’

2 Replies to “Can’t seem to decide after all that research? You could be Paralyzed by Analysis?”

  1. Hey lerato

    thank you so much, this is exactly where I am. I have taken in so much info now I think I am paralysed. thank you for waking me up…

    1. Hey Khabo, you are welcome. I have been paralyzed too and had to learn to stop over thinking and analyzing everything. Cheers to taking action 😉

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