(Avoiding) Paralysis By Analysis

Have you ever heard the term “paralysis by analysis”?

I hadn’t until a few months ago, but I find it applies to so many aspects of my life. Whether it’s deciding which CRM software my company should commit to, or deciding whether or not to text that guy I like, making a decision in the face of uncertainty can be stressful and sometimes it’s easier to hide behind my own questions. 

I used to think that gathering as much information as possible before making a decision meant that it would be easier to make a choice. And sometimes it does.

Often I get caught up in the question by asking myself too many “what if” questions and I end up getting further and further away from making a final choice.

But there comes a point when I need to step back, look at the big picture, and pull the trigger. Since I’ve been aware of this weakness, I’ve become much better at quieting those doubts and focusing in on key elements surrounding the decision.

Freeing myself from my self-induced paralysis is still very much a work in progress, but I found this Medium article (originally published by Dr. Travis Bradberry) has some pretty great advice when it comes to making decisions in the face of uncertainty.


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