How to Overcome Analysis Paralysis
Would you say you overthink things?
Two of my clients this week were on the fence about testing out a meal delivery service vs. meal planning and prepping on their own. They spent a month analyzing which service is best, and their meal planning was only going so-so. Their goal this week was to pick one and place an order. Worst case scenario, they would have spent $30 and learned it wasn’t for them. Best case, they love the meals, get weekly meals delivered which will save them time and sanity during the week.
The monkey mind can keep you stuck in analysis paralysis.You’re bombarded with options for the right diet, exercise plan, career path, self-improvement plan and parenting style which can keep you from taking action.
Overanalyzing is a form of procrastination. It’s a sneaky way we subconsciously hold ourselves back.
Stop waiting for the perfect time or scenario to get started (there isn’t one!). The important thing, you pick something. Go with your gut, try it out and see if it works for you.
Does it make your life easier?
Does it make you feel happier, calmer, or lighter?
If so, great you just saved days, weeks, even months of ‘thinking’ about what you’re going to do. If not, don’t view it (or yourself) as a failure. You’re learning what works for you and what doesn’t.
Now it’s time to take action.
What is something you’ve been wanting to do but have been putting off because you’ve either wanted to do more research or are waiting for the ‘right’ time? Or you’re delaying because it’s out of your comfort zone or you’re afraid you’ll fail?
Here’s some ideas:
- Sign up for a yoga/dance/art class
- Schedule a meal delivery service like Blue Apron or Green Harvest (BTW I’m testing these out and will report back my favorites)
- Call someone that has the career you want and see how they got there
- Create a profile on e-harmony and connect with at least one person
- RSVP for a meetup group (and go)
- Have that conversation you’ve been putting off
- Say ‘no’ to something you think you ‘should’ do and do something you want to do instead
Pick something, be brave and post it in our supportive Embrace Wellbeing Facebook Community, so we can route you on as you make this small shift for a bigger living.