Falling into the analysis paralysis trap can be easy when you are trying to make a decision, especially if the stakes are high. It’s natural for you to want to evaluate each option and think of the worst-case scenarios. But sometimes, that thinking process gets too intense, and we are unable to move forward. Luckily, there are things you can do to avoid such an impasse.
- Remember that you cannot have all the information: It’s almost impossible to obtain 100% complete information about anything. You may think that Google has all the information though you very well know that its search results are showing you the information related to your previous searches. There will be things you will be missing out on, so maybe it’s better to make peace with that fact.
- Don’t be obsessed with perfectionism: Nothing around you is perfect, and you can never be perfect. No one can.
- Making a decision is better than remaining indecisive: You may think that you cannot decide, therefore you choose not to take action. In such a case, please remember that you’ve just decided to do nothing.
It’s better not to dwell too much on something because our brains get overworked when we do so, and this makes the decision-making process even more difficult. When you feel overwhelmed about a decision you are about to make, go for a walk outdoors. The best ideas tend to come to us when we are walking. Or do something else to give your brain a break. Open the windows to your brain for fresh perspectives and creativity. And then, make your decision taking into account legal and ethical factors. At the end of every decision, whether it is good or bad, there will be a lesson for you to learn. All is well.
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