Recently I was working with one of my one on one coaching clients and he was talking about how complex certain areas he was dealing with were. After a bit of conversation, we saw that the area itself was not complex but rather he liked having things be complicated so he could exercise his brain.
It can be rewarding to have things be complicated puzzles to figure out so that you have a sense of intellectual accomplishment. However, what is it costing?
One thing we saw together is that while it exercised his brain it literally STOPPED his action, which ultimately cost him the results he said he was committed to. Given results are a function of action, period. All that' brain exercise', while stimulating, wasn't producing the results he was committed to.
I often run into people saying they are stuck in analysis paralysis. I see this term as a version of making things complex so as NOT to act. Usually it is not a conscious act on their part; it is a blind spot that we as human beings run into.
Here are a few simple steps to get yourself out of 'analysis paralysis' and into 'action Jackson'.
Start shifting from 'Analysis Paralysis' to 'Action Jackson' in the areas of life you are committed to producing results in.
Thinking produces thoughts.
Overthinking produces conflicting thoughts.
ACTION produces results. Period.