What is Analysis Paralysis you ask? It's when people get too caught up over analyzing every little single detail and never actually do anything productive. Most people are familiar with the saying Ready, Aim, Fire! As my hero Steve Pavlina says, most people usually follow the pattern ready, aim, aim, aim, aim, aim... Where's the FIRE!? The world is riddled with people who often spend too much time aiming and not enough time firing.

Why does it happen?

Fear of Failure

At the core people are afraid to fail. For some preconceived notion people are raised from when they are young that failing is not an option. Schools always get on kids for failing and it sticks with them for their whole life. The thing is, failing is entirely natural and is something that should be happening all the time. If you're not failing you're not trying hard enough. That's all there is to it.


People spend way too much time analyzing unimportant details. This usually happens because people are more concerned with the fun stuff and not the important stuff. Everybody likes getting new business cards or a new suit, but is this pertinent to creating a product people will use? Is this creating something of value for people, or is it just something else that is holding up the business?


It is good to work at creating something as perfect as possible, but at one point you have to realize it will never be perfect. Rather than re-working minute details over and over again just end it and move on. Going from red to blue to green to yellow to red again does not accomplish anything except wasting time. Pick something and move on, don't get caught up in the extraneous details.

How do you overcome it?

By Doing

Plain and simply you overcome Analysis Paralysis by DOING! As my good man Walt Disney would say, "The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing." He is entirely correct! People often spend waaaaaay too much time talking about how good this next thing is going to be or how awesome their business cards are. In most cases all these types of things do is eat up time and keep you from accomplishing the important part - the work! If talk and flashy things was all it took to build a business everyone would be rich. But it's not, in fact it is quite the opposite. It takes perseverance, trial and error, hard work and many other traits that are developed along the way towards success.

Make mistakes

Making mistakes is a great thing. How else are you supposed to learn without making mistakes? The world is not set up where everybody already knows everything so why act like it? Get out there are start firing and see what happens. Learn from your environment and allow each failure to build a solid foundation for yourself.

Getting outside of your comfort zone

People need to get out of their comfort zone every once in a while and try something new. It is okay to try something completely different and new and fail. Through these failures people develop new, creative ways to ultimately conquer their goals. There is never a clear path to success and it's always going to be a challenge. Why not embrace the challenge head on and grow whether you succeed or not?

Final Thoughts

Get out there and start doing! Not next month, not tomorrow, RIGHT NOW!

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Quinton Figueroa

Quinton Figueroa

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I am an entrepreneur at heart. Throughout my whole life I have enjoyed building real businesses by solving real problems. Business is life itself. My goal with businesses is to help move the human ...



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Ready, aim, aim, aim, aim, aim....

Quinton Figueroa: aim, aim, aim, aim, aim,

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aim, aim, aim, aim, aim, aim, aim, aim, aim, aim, aim, aim, (i hate my boss), aim, aim, aim....

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michigan: wow.

It looks like "Anonymous" did indeed SHOOT,---shoot some kind of junk right in his arm or up his/her nose and they are straight tripping! lol
Seriously, however, another great subject to talk about! I see it in myself constantly, and its sooo easy to get off track and waste time watching youtube, forwarding interesting emails or as i am doing now, responding to something I have read that has nothing to do with what I should be doing....

Quinton Figueroa: Back to work you slacker! ;)
@michigan (view comment)

Back to work you slacker! ;)

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