Fear Factor: Analysis Paralysis Edition

We have a saying in our office – there are no bad ideas, just bad execution. Often times, we categorize people into two boxes – those who talk the talk and those who walk the walk. That’s not to say you can’t be someone who does both, but there are limiting beliefs out there; one being a phenomenon called ‘analysis paralysis’.

Analysis paralysis occurs when you’ve got a great idea you want to capitalize on, but you spend so much time considering every conceivable outcome that you refrain from pursuit because you’ve become overwhelmed. Even before your genius has the chance to see the light of day, you’ve drowned yourself with inactivity in a pool of possibilities. The ever-evolving concerns that rise out of this extreme due diligence, all too often, leads to a fear of failure which leads to, well, nothing.

This hesitation only serves to hide your brilliance from this world.

The fear of failure becomes so strong that we forget all the wonderful possibilities that existed when that idea first hatched. We become paralyzed by those unknown circumstances and eventually forget about the initial excitement, and choose not to move forward. We must eliminate this fear of failure otherwise, we will never learn and grow. Every successful person will tell you that they keep a long track record of failures. It’s how they learn and adapt to the next obstacle, and how they know they’ll be OK at the end of the day – you know.. because the world didn’t implode from their failure.

Staying stagnant is not the same as being successful. Failure is the precursor to success most of the time. When you realize you’ve got to get out of your own head and actually do something, to take one step at a time towards your goal, you’ll find that the journey along the way is just as important as the destination.

Three things to always remember are:

  1. Keep a healthy balance of planning. Diving right in without any considerations can be just as hazardous
  2. Plan something small, and then execute. Repeat until you’ve climbed that mountain
  3. Don’t dwell on any setbacks. Instead, see it as a learning opportunity. You’ll be better off next time

Now go forth and Be Brave my fellow failures (before reading my blog)!


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