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Is Analysis Paralysis Stopping You From Taking Action?

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Analysis Paralysis

Analysis paralysis is where you can’t take any action due to over thinking about the details or over planning and is one of the best “action” killer we can possibly find. Planning definitely help when we are starting a new project but it should not be to the extent that it overwhelm us and cause us to fail to make a decision and take action.

I had met this scenario before where I had a great idea but failed to do anything about it because of analysis paralysis. I did too much brain storming and planning, only to find that I never took any action to make the idea work because of the problems I thought of during my brain storming session.

Due to too many failed ideas just because I did not take any action, I decided to take the plunge and launch my blog without much planning. I did not think about how my blog would look like or even give a thought about my lack of IT skills, I just jumped in and learn everything along the way. To my surprise, this way of action works well for me for this time.

In order to help others to combat analysis paralysis, I had generated a list of 10 tips that will be able to help you overcome the problem.

7 Tips To Help Overcome Analysis Paralysis


You still need a plan no matter what, but this time round, over planning is not allowed. Think of what are the things that you need to know before you start and get a grasp of it. Brain storm for what would be the most painful thing to change and get more information and make a wiser decision. Be sure to know what are the things that could possibly go wrong and try to prevent it.

2.Set a Deadline For Your Planning Session

Allocate a deadline for your planning session and be strict with yourself and only spend that certain amount of time for planning. When we have a specific time slot for planning, we will have a lesser tendency to over plan.

3.Just Start

When you had finished your planning session, stop asking yourself “what if” questions. Just start doing it and learn everything that you do not know along the way.

4.Forgo Perfection

I know there is a Mr/Mrs Perfection inside you and you want to get everything perfect on the get go but it is highly not possible that everything will turn out the way you want to be in the first place. Just forget about perfection and start taking action.


Once you start your project, do not stop and think too much again. Just have a list of to-do items, regardless whether it is big or small and keep on completing the task.

6.Learn To Make Decision

This is an important skill that can help to overcome analysis paralysis. By knowing how to make a faster and wiser decision, we can take action faster and get more things done. Practice your decision making skills by setting a 5 seconds rule to make your daily decision. (Exp: What beverage am I going to have? Coke or lemon tea.)

7.Find an Action Taker

Find someone who is able to take action easily. Whenever you are stuck with analysis paralysis, find them and talk to them about your problem. Most likely you will get a positive reply and get the momentum you need to get going.

Parting Words

This tips had work fine for me in helping me to take action and also to achieve results. Analysis without action does not help you to have any kind of positive results. Now you have the tips to help you overcome analysis paralysis, why don’t you go start a something that will help to enhance your life today? Stop thinking and go do it now!

Personal Development Blogger

**P.S**What is the one factor that always hold you back from taking action? Is it the fear of failure or the need for perfection? Share with us and see you in the comment section. 🙂

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31 Responses to “Is Analysis Paralysis Stopping You From Taking Action?”

  1. Mehreen says:

    @Vincent: you are most welcome 🙂
    sorry didnt put the full qoute! here it is.. “When you come to the end of all the light you know, and it’s time to step into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things shall happen: Either you will be given something solid to stand on or you will be taught to fly.”
    Edward Teller

  2. Vincent says:

    @Hi Mehreen,

    Any idea who had written that? It is a great quote and thanks for sharing. 🙂

    Personal Development Blogger

  3. Mehreen says:

    @ Michael & Vincent..this qoute reminds me of a similar qoute which goes like this:
    “Faith is knowing that one of two things will happen.
    Either there will be something solid there to step onto
    Or you will be taught to fly.” 🙂

  4. Vincent says:

    @Hi Keith,

    “but there comes a point when you have to just jump off the cliff and build your wings on the way down.”

    I love this sentence! With this mentality, I don’t believe you need to ever read another analysis paralysis article anymore. 🙂

    Personal Development Blogger

  5. @Keith,
    Just had to give it to you: “There comes a point when you have to just jump off the cliff and build your wings on the way down.”

    Well said…Bravo.

  6. Keith Smith says:

    Well, once again you’re right on target with this post. I am a “thinker” and when I begin something new, I analyze it to death..literally sometimes. I feel that a certain amount of analysis is great and even necessary but there comes a point when you have to just jump off the cliff and build your wings on the way down. 🙂

  7. @Bill,

    Hey Bill, it sounds like you are having a tough time with analysis paralysis. I’ve been there, and can find myself drifting back sometimes.

    Especially with business planning in a new or innovative business it can be extremely difficult to get lost down the rabbit hole. Three things that might help:

    1. We’ve heard it all before, but…KEEP IT SIMPLE
    The best ideas are always the simplest. If you’re getting sucked into the vortex of the unknown, perhaps you are over-complicating things. At every turn ask yourself if whatever you are doing is the simplest, straightest, shortest path from A to B. The farther you stray from that line the more complicate things will get, I promise.

    2. Test, test, and test again. If at all possible test your idea as much and often as you can while you are planning. Many times with a new idea no graph, article or body will have the answer. It has to be tested. Even testing on a small basis will help clarify unknowns.
    3. Finally, if you’ve done your homework, and gained insight from the right people (if you can find em), then realize that if you are in uncharted territory, whomever your presenting your business plan to is following you into the deep dark cave and you have the only flashlight. Be confident, even if you don’t have all the answers (yet).

    These are just a few things I’ve learned in the past, I hope they can help you.

    Regards, Michael

  8. Bill says:

    Great post! I’m suffering from analysis paralysis now, writing a business plan for a new venture. Trying to break free and get things DONE!

    Biggest problem: I start trying to pile up the “big rocks” and then second-guess myself: well, what’s really behind this rock? Is it big or really enormous? How do I know (if you’re trying to do something you haven’t done before, it can be difficult to seek out people who have one it before; if you’re doing something no one has done before, it’s impossible)? So I start doing analysis behind each piece I’m planning, which leads down a twisty path to dark places… 😉

    True disclosure: in my last job, I got a reputation as a poor planner because I just wanted to DO something and PLAN it out as we go. I eventually had to leave (because I was going to get fired for pissing people off). When I tried to plan it out, I got so stuck in all the blind alleys and dim corridors I never got any kind of plan out (Please note I am not suggesting that my kind and intelligent manager was anything but right in moving to fire me… I would have fired me long before she did.)

    Now, I’m trying to find the “middle way” of doing enough analysis to be able to move forward confidently, but not letting the analysis rule my life.

    Thanks again.


  9. Vincent says:

    @Hi Michael,

    It is great to hear that you have overcome this challenge and I believe eliminating analysis paralysis definitely will help you to achieve more in life.

    Personal Development Blogger

  10. Hey Vincent… Great post. I was finishing up a post “think less…DO MORE” and came across yours. Like many others, I tend to suffer from this disorder as well, but have started to find control over it and take action. Regards.

  11. Vincent says:

    @Hi AJ,

    That will be a sign of over thinking and this is something that kills action.

    @Hi Trey,

    At least you got your site started up and I sure believe that you had got over the analysis paralysis syndrome. 🙂

    Personal Development Blogger

  12. I touched on analysis paralysis back in January in my article entitled “Just Do It”. It is also on my list of subjects to blog about in the future.

    I suffered from analysis paralysys from Summer 2004 to Winter 2008. That’s how long ago I first registered my domain name, and didn’t do anything with it. I had definite plans, but I never wanted to get started because the plans weren’t perfect. Finally, I set a date that was 5 months in the future, and decided that for better or for worse, my site was going to go live on that date.

    I wish I had your advice back in 2004, Vincent. 🙂

  13. AJ Kumar says:

    I agree, what if questions are completely unnecessary with events that have happened in the past.

  14. Vincent says:

    @Hi Mehreen,

    I found that perfection really put the brake on taking action. Once we can remove the ideal of perfection, we can then start to get things going.

    Personal Development Blogger

  15. Mehreen says:

    great post Vincent =) (thumbs up on stumble upon 🙂
    i agree, its important to set a deadline for your planning session..and yes..forgo perfection!

  16. Vincent says:

    @Hi Brian,

    Thanks for the compliment 🙂

    @Hi Jackie Sheeler,

    I wish I could be more like you. It will be great if I do not need to curb my analysis tendency.

    @Hi Raymond,

    Totally agree with you. We will definitely learn more from doing instead of just plain thinking.

    Personal Development Blogger

  17. Raymond Chua says:

    Hi Vincent,

    I had that experience too where I plan too much and finally found out that taking one action in the right direction is much better than 10 years of planning.

  18. god, i have the opposite problem — not doing enough analysis. i come from the “when in doubt, do SOMEthing” school. i need to hang out more with some of my analyzer friends.

  19. Brian Dickey says:

    Vincent, Great post. I wish I could add some words of wisdome to all that but I think you covered it very well. Great post.

  20. Vincent says:

    @Hi Bonnie,

    “Just start” is one of the point that I most frequently use. Whenever I find that I got work to do but unsure of it, I will just take the plunge in to see what it has to offer.

    @Hi Arswino,

    From my personal experience, I found that whenever I start to ask myself “what if” questions, I will tend to gather lots of negative thoughts about how things won’t work out. So by eliminating the “what if” questions, I found that it is more probable that I start doing something.

    @Hi Goal Geek,

    Having a dead line in planning phrase definitely helps, you should try it too 🙂

    @Hi Armen,

    By starting we can tackle problems along the way and the problem doesn’t seems as big as when we had not started.

    Personal Development Blogger

  21. The point called “Just Start” is one of the big ones in my view, as there is no better way to perform. Any problems fade away once you start something, as you start to figure out what it takes to continue. Using momentum after that starting point, as you have pointed out here, leads to continued results. These items, which seem obvious, keep individuals from getting stuck in a stopped mode.

  22. Goal Geek says:

    Great post! I tend to over-plan and under-accomplish myself. I really like the idea of putting a time limit or deadline on the planning phase of a project. I’m going to implement that along with forgoing perfection as I head back to work in the new year.

  23. Arswino says:

    Hi Vincent, I like your thought about just start, stop asking yourself “what if” questions. I think it’s most people’s problem. They doubt to take action.
    I also like your thought about perfection. Word ‘perfection’ make people do not carry out improvements.

  24. Hi Vincent,

    I’m a terrible case of analysis paralysis! I’m a lifelong creator of unfinished projects LOL I get very exited about new projects & goals but find it hard to just pick one and focus on that. I think the most helpful thing for me is the “just start” advice, if I just start one goal or one project I often find I get the momentum to continue. Well, I’m off to “just start” the book-keeping work I’ve been putting off for far too long 😀