Posts made in November, 2014

How to avoid Analysis Paralysis

Posted by on Nov 6, 2014

Getting Past Analysis Paralysis Analysis Paralysis – It’s freeze ya! Have you ever found yourself endlessly obsessing over an issue, unable to move beyond it? When dealing with a problem or potential opportunity, do you ever have dozens of seemingly unanswerable questions swirling around your brain? If so, you may be suffering from one of the most common afflictions known to the modern worker: analysis paralysis. At some point, we have all found ourselves in the crushing grip of this dreaded condition where we simply can’t make a decision no matter how much we want to get to the end zone. We convince ourselves that we don’t have all the facts, the timing isn’t quite right, something bad will happen if we take action, or we just haven’t conjured up the right solution yet. These feelings of unreadiness and unsteadiness cause us to squander precious time and lose our peace of mind. What is the root cause of this all-too-prevalent mental malaise? It is our own egos. The ego convinces us that we haven’t done enough legwork because of one reason: it doesn’t like the unknown. Imagine your ego as a person who is deathly afraid of heights. It would rather remain firmly, safely planted on the ground instead of jumping out of an airplane to experience a thrilling skydive. When you are about to embark on something new, your ego senses that change is imminent; in its panic, your ego will betray you if you allow it. It will plant all sorts of ridiculous scenarios in your head in order to keep you from acting. In your quiet moments, it will whisper in your ear that you will lose your job, home, family and livelihood if you make the “wrong” decision. It’s most fervent desire is to have you frozen in fear until the wonderful opportunity – whether it is that completed project, the fantastic promotion, your big move or the new job – passes you by. Even though the ego is a formidable foe, it is not infallible. Here are a few steps to help you move off dead center and back into action. Set the timer. Give yourself a defined period of time to finish the process of data gathering. Chances are you probably already know everything you need to know. If you like, you can bop around in your cerebral spin cycle for a few more days and pick up those last bits of information. However, it is important to accept the fact that there will always be unknown factors; you will never have all of the data about a particular subject. When you come to terms with the inevitable unknown, you can then make a decision based on what you know today. Listen to your gut. What does your instinct tell you to do? What option brings you the most satisfaction and joy? What feels right? When your fear is no longer driving the decision-making process, you can trust the guidance you receive from your intuition. It is the most talented business analyst you’ll ever have at your disposal. Ask for a second opinion. Now that you have an idea about what you want to do, run your arguments past an impartial judge such as a trusted friend or colleague. Make sure you don’t choose someone who is vested in a particular outcome or who will tell you only what you want to hear. Present your cases as if you are in front of the Supreme Court; make them clear, succinct and convincing. Encourage your friend to ask you questions in order to solidify his...

Read More