The Cure For Analysis Paralysis

I recently received an email from a customer of mine who was battling with this question…

“How do I overcome the doubts of self on that I will never know enough to get started in Internet marketing?”

I decided to publish my answer to this problem her on my blog for the world to see because I remember when I was in the very same position when I first got started online.

And I believe that just about everyone, at first, suffers from this self doubt that you don’t know enough.

Before I get started in my answer to this question, you may find some peace of mind knowing this fact: No-body knows everything about any one thing.

There a lot of experts in the world, but they still don’t know everything.. and I’,m 100% sure they didn’t know everything before they entered the subject of there expertise.

Moving along, here is an excerpt from my answer to this gentleman…

“You don’t have to know everything before you start. It’s a learning process.. and the best way to go is to learn as you do it.. and learn from your mistakes along the way.

Even if you don’t know much about the niche you’re in, you can easily learn about it.. and when you spend a few weeks submerged in that niche, you’ll know more than 95% of others in the the world… therefore making you an expert.

If it’s technical stuff and marketing techniques you struggle with, then like I said, you just have to do it and you’ll learn get started with the first step and when you come to a hurdle, look for the solution.. keep repeating until you finish what you have set out to do.

It seems like you may need some mindset adjustment.. and for that I recommend some self improvement literature and audio. It’s amazing how you can start to think that nothing is impossible.. you’ve just got to believe!

Just remember, success doesn’t happen overnight. It will slowly happen. But you’ve got to start to be able to start seeing it. “

With all new things, it’s getting started that is the hardest part. The first step is always a “leap of faith”.

This kind of case of is probably best known as “analysis paralysis” where you over-think something because there are too many options and just don’t know which way to go and end up going nowhere. It’s a very powerful problem.

But the cure to it really is not think about it so much. If you’ve got an idea, go for it. Get moving and make adjustments along the way.

You will run into occasions where your idea will ‘flop’. But there really never is such a thing as a ‘flop’. There are so many things you can learn from so called “mistakes”. So don’t be afraid to make a mistake.

The biggest mistake you can make is not moving.

To your success,

Stuart Stirling

p.s. What are your thoughts about overcoming analysis paralysis?

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2 Responses to “The Cure For Analysis Paralysis”

  • GreenLantern on September 4, 2011

    Analysis Paralysis is a known issue. It afflicts a great many brilliant, bright creative people who know or otherwise can share their songs, stories, scripts and even science with the world. “Fear of the flop” is actually the most common indicator of this unneeded affliction. I totally concur.

    There is also, I believe anyway, one other assessment with suprisingly similar “apparent symptoms” that are not indicative of “fear of failure”. That is what I might call something like “risks of *known success*….”.

    Key Q then changes: a good person never wants to hurt others *especially* if their work is DEFINITiVELY going to work, but…requires wise use.

    Symptoms of both: almost identical.

    Way to distinguish? Potency x Certainty x Wisdom can be misread, sometimes, as fear. But fear of what?

    That you can fail? Personally I have to say I don’t have that fear at all (not becaue I can’t or haven’t sometimes failed, as you often learn most from those moments).

    Rather, it is also a discoverer’s responsibility to fear misuse of great innovations and make all efforts to protect the larger family. After all we don’t give matchsticks to children in dry forests, at least without giving them a Smokey Bear-type caution.

    For me, I think some new ideas ready to be shared as soon as they can be. Fear in one case I heard about is inability to ensure funding for inspiring wise use of – and an economic innovation compatible with – some pretty potent stuff.

    Just my2cents…

    • Stuart Stirling on September 5, 2011

      I never thought of it that way, but I see where you’re coming from. I also think it comes down to fear of responsibility too.

      I know for myself, I was afraid that success would bring more attention and accountability .. but because my success was gradual and not an overnight miracle I could deal with it fine.

      Thanks for sharing! See you around.

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