Paralysis by Analysis – A Process to Help

I cannot tell you how many times that people have asked me for too many choices – “just tell me everything available and I’ll decide after I review them all”.  I might as well send them down the street because it is MY FAULT for not establishing my authority, knowledge, and value on the subject – shame on me!  Then comes the anticipated question, “So you are making the decision for them?” or, re-phrased “So you think you know what’s better for them than they do?”.  The answer is no, I do not know the best decision for them but I do know that the choices are exponential and this is my area of expertise so eliminating part of the confusion is my job.


One thing I have learned about myself is that I need to make decisions quickly or they will rule me.  I try like heck to think things through and have people in my life whom help give me feedback on the big ones.  Here are a few things to consider:

  1. Departmentalize – Not like your budget, just organize “big” and “small” ones – give them the attention they deserve based on their importance.
  2. 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.
  3. Determine Your Goals – You need to know if the decision is going to affect your long or short-term goal
  4. Mostly Right is Alright – Unless the decision is life-altering, the 80/20 rule applies where you need to invest 80% of effort just to achieve that incremental 20% improvement in your final decision
  5. Be the Expert – nothing helps make a decision more quickly than being expert enough to know what to eliminate immediately
  6. Junk Wars – Ever clean up your garage and find stuff you should never have kept – do it now, eliminate the crap and stop including that in your option palette
  7. No Pillar of Salt – Are you really looking back after you already made a decision?  But what if I had…blah, blah, blah…think Lot’s wife
  8. You’ve Got 15 Minutes – “Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.” – if you don’t set a time limit, it may well take forever!  (15 minutes is just an example)
  9. Are You Needed? – I mean, do you personally need to be involved in this decision or can someone you trust make the call – find those people, the relief will be great
  10. Red or Blue Dress? – Take the time to ask a friend and then trust that choice – if you continually disregard those opinions, they will not give them again


So there are many more options of what to try to help with this paralysis, but if you didn’t really read the ones above, you will have a hard time deciding where to begin anyways.

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