Analysis paralysis or paralysis by analysis is the state of over-analyzing (or over-thinking) a situation so that a decision or action is never taken, in effect paralyzing the outcome.
What if I make the wrong one?
Alice asked the Cheshire Cat, who was sitting in a tree, “What road do I take?”
The cat asked, “Where do you want to go?”
“I don’t know,” Alice answered.
“Then,” said the cat, “it really doesn’t matter, does it?
– Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland
The phenomenon of overchoice occurs when many equivalent choices are available. Examples of overchoice include college options, career options, and prospective romantic relationships. Many increased by technology. In today’s world, we have easy access to more of everything at our fingertips.
Overcoming That Overwhelming Feeling
It helps to remember your final destination. Where have you set your sites? Your goals?
Recalling your dreams helps to distinguish between an opportunity to be seized and a temptation to be resisted.
“If you haven’t the strength to impose your own terms upon life, then you must accept the terms it offers you.”
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Girl with Binoculars by Bernie Fuchs