043: Analysis Paralysis: Stop Overthinking Your Goals

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043: Analysis Paralysis: Stop Overthinking Your Goals

Today, I’m discussing analysis paralysis. Overthinking our goals and our progress towards them can actually get in the way of success. I’m giving you 5 different tips for how you can overcome analysis paralysis… instead of letting it keep you stuck and acting as a roadblock between you and your big goals. I know it can be hard to take the first step (and even the next one after that!) but after today’s episode, you’ll feel more comfortable and ready to take real action.

Show Notes

What’s In This Episode:

  • Why we over-analyze and overthink our situations, causing us to feel confused and waste time.
  • How your working memory impacts your performance and creativity during work.
  • Find out which of the two types of decision-makers you are and how it affects you.
  • 5 ways you can stop the analysis paralysis cycle right away.
  • Learn how to become comfortable with taking action – big or small – so you can accomplish your goals.

What To Do Next:

  • Think about starting NOW. Instead of spending all of your time researching, wondering and doubting… take a small step forward.
  • Listen to episode 031 on cultivating good habits
  • Listen to episode 035 on creating automations
  • Leave me a 5-star rating and review on iTunes – I love reading your comments!

Resources and Links

  • 5 ways you can stop analysis paralysis:
    • Combat Decision Fatigue: Structure your day in a way that allows you to have the most brain power when you need it. You can do this through automations and try to tackle your important tasks in the morning.
    • Limit Information You Consume: Stay focused by limiting your tabs open, books you’re using for research, number of people you consult, etc. Set a deadline for your decision. I know deadlines are hard to stick to, so find an accountability partner to check in with you!
    • Choose Your Guidelines: Know which piece of information is the most important to you in order to make your decision. Is it the price of item? Quality? Intelligence? Location? It depends on your situation and decision, but knowing the most important key piece will help you make your decision faster.
    • Talk With Others: Share your choices and decisions with someone else – a friend, coworker, supervisor or mentor. It forces you to synthesize your information and gives you the validation of your decision to overcome your fears.
    • Treat Each Decision as an Experiment: Make quicker decisions with the idea in mind that you can improve upon it later. Nothing is perfect, so see if you can make a series of small experimental decisions rather than one big leap.
  • Listen to episode 031 on cultivating habits.
  • Listen to episode 035 on creating automations (there’s a free download with that episode for you!).

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Tonya Dalton
Tonya Dalton