Monday Morning Coffee – Analysis Paralysis

From Wiki:

Analysis Paralysis – over-analyzing (or over-thinking) a situation, so that a decision or action is never taken, in effect paralyzing the outcome. A decision can be treated as over-complicated, with too many detailed options, so that a choice is never made, rather than try something and change if a major problem arises. A person might be seeking the optimal or “perfect” solution upfront, and fear making any decision which could lead to erroneous results, when on the way to a better solution.”

Why does this happen?

Some folks would argue that it’s a personality profile trait . . . some sort of obsessive compulsory by-product.

Others point to “situational confusion” . . . That the series of events leading up to the Paralysis were akin to “over-stimulation” . . . Just as the 10 year old attending the state Fair or Disney World for the first time. The cacophony of colors and noises and the seemingly limitless choices of FUN things to do freezes the brain . . . and the heart beats a million beats a minute . . . as the brain tries to get a grip on how to take advantage of ALL of it without missing ANYTHING.

The irony is that the paralysis causes the inaction which wastes time and causes most of the “missing outness.”

Taking action – Diving in with reckless abandon – Letting the hair down – LIVING on the EDGE . . . and DARING to experience through trial and error.

It’s this desire to avoid making a mistake. A personal want to do it RIGHT the first time (so as not to have to re-do any part of it later) that (IMHO) causes this paralysis.

I see this every day in my work with Home Buyers and Sellers and with Organizations and leaders facing new issues and opportunities.

THIS is life!

We ALL want to get it “right” the first time.

We ALL have this propensity towards analysis paralysis (Some of us are better at it than others).

Analysis is a GOOD thing in moderation 🙂

The real key to “regulating” analysis paralysis has to do with PERSPECTIVE!

What are the odds that every analyzed decision will be “Right?”

Isn’t EVERYTHING moving?


The cheese moves every minute of every day.

We’re in a Raplex world (Rapid/complex) of overstimulation.

What’s more costly . . . Making a less than perfect decision or doing nothing?

In the grand scheme of things, how important IS this decision?

Will it still matter in a year, 5 years, 10 years?

Don’t sweat the small stuff and LIVE!

Just sayin’

Hope you have a great week of taking ACTION 🙂



Published by Barry Owen

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