I heard the phrase, “the paralysis of analysis,” recently on a radio talk show, and thought how perfectly it fit me. I think something through, then think it through again, then consider whether or not I’ll be able to complete whatever the project may be and succeed at it. Instead of forging ahead, I am paralyzed by my fear of failure or, at the very least, imperfection.
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When I googled the phrase to check if I needed to cite it, I was surprised to see it crop up everywhere. The essence of “the paralysis of analysis” is, according to Wikipedia, “the state of over-analyzing (or over-thinking) a situation so that a decision or action is never taken, in effect paralyzing the outcome. A decision can be treated as over-complicated, with too many detailed options, so that a choice is never made.” (Jeff Boss, How To Overcome The 'Analysis Paralysis' Of Decision-Making, Forbes, March 20, 2015.)
As a writer, I experience this problem continually, coupled with the tension of my own capabilities, which bounce back and forth from confidence to desperation. As a Christian writer, I decided to “take it to the Lord.” If I’m supposed to be a writer, and I believe I am, then God will provide what I need to do the job, and give me the passion to do it well. No more paralysis.
So I’m in the midst of a drastic leap of faith: indie publishing. I currently have three books that have gone out of print and await re-release, as well as another book I very recently reclaimed my rights for. All require new covers, ISBNs, formats, edits, etc. Am I able to accomplish this seemingly impossible feat?
I’m not entirely sure, but I know God is. The journey may not be smooth, but I will be moving forward, essentially killing the over-analysis that has so long paralyzed me. I’m not looking back but trusting that step-by-step, I’ll be able to break the habit of paralyzing fears and embrace this God-given adventure.
Are you on an adventure too?
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