Do You Suffer from Analysis Paralysis?

by Connie

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Has this ever happened to you? 

  • Have you ever thought to yourself; ‘I hate my life.  This just isn’t working for me.’
  • Or, ‘This relationship isn’t what I thought it would be.’
  • How about, ‘I don’t know how my house ever got this disorganized and out-of-control.’
  • Maybe your mantra is, ‘I’ve got to start taking better care of my body and my health.’

If any of these questions, or similar ones, run through your brain, then you know exactly what I’m talking about. 

Back in the day, when my life really wasn’t working for me, I found myself in the middle of a perplexing quandary. 

I didn’t feel I had the strength or the energy to move forward, and yet, I just couldn’t allow myself to slip back, any further, either. 

I had become immobilized by my own life. 

It was like living in quicksand. 

Is Your Life Ready for a Mulligan?

When I was stuck in the muck and mire of my ‘prior life’, I remember thinking I had a limited amount of resources in my arsenal.   Those resources included an inadequate amount of physical and emotional energy, time and patience.

I was so unhappy for so long.  I knew I needed something to change, so I could finally start moving towards being happy.

I was the girl who seemed like she had everything going for her.  I got really good grades in school, I graduated from college in three short years, while working full-time.  I started my first company before graduating from college.  I did volunteer work.  I had a good head on my shoulders. 

From the outside looking in, it appeared I had it all figured out; except I didn’t. 

And that fact made me terribly unhappy. 

I realized I allowed my life to become dysfunctional and miserable.  I had painted myself into this corner; me, and me, alone. 

It was time for me to take my life mulligan; my do-over.  The time for my complete life makeover had come. 

Choose to Keep Your Eye on the Prize

Once I’d decided it was time for action, I started thinking about what I could change, first. 

But, I kept getting distracted by the questions;

  • ‘Where did I go wrong?’
  • Why did this happen to me?
  • ‘How did I get here?’ and
  • What happened to my life?’

I soon realized that I could only focus on one thing at a time.  I decided that I could sit and continuously ponder my victim hood, also known as, ‘the where, why, how, whats…’, or I could choose to do one thing differently, every day.

I chose action, instead of analysis. 

You can choose to spend the rest of your life locked in an endless loop of ‘analysis paralysis’, or you can get moving and make things (new things, different things, and, hopefully, better things) happen, with your life. 

Insight Arrives While Taking Action

I’m so glad I chose action, because taking my first baby steps got me where I am in my Life, today.  It didn’t happen overnight.  It was a gradual process.

And a really wonderful and unexpected thing happened, while all the action was taking place. 

During the process, I had time to ponder ‘the where, why, how, whats…’   I had time to think about the choices I made, those that brought me to where I was earlier in my life.

While I was actively creating and participating in my new Life, I received signs, messages and insights into how and why things happened, in my ‘prior life’.  The awareness of these facts always left me a little amused. 

To me, these insights were a sign from the Universe, an affirmation if you will, that I had made the right choice between progress and examination.  Having the benefit of hindsight, I am still reassured that taking action was the greatest step in getting me where I needed to be. 

After all, if I had chosen to get distracted by the, ‘where, why, how, what…’ I could still be suffering from a case of analysis paralysis, instead of living my dream Life. 

Do you suffer from analysis paralysis? 

If so, what are you going to do about it?

After all, the choice is yours. 

Please write me, using the form, below, if you’d like to share your comments with me. 

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Krystyna Domagala November 18, 2010 at 10:11 pm

+10 awesomes for mulligans!

Going along with the nerd humor, I think a mulligan is the perfect way to describe it. You still have the same deck, that’s not going to change. You’re just switching out the cards you were dealt with something new and refreshing.


Connie December 22, 2010 at 2:38 pm


Life Mulligans are the Best! Where is it written that they’re only for the game of Golf?

Life’s all about your perspective. It comes down to choices and consequences; with a very healthy dose of perspective thrown into the mix.



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