(function() { var cookie = 'rebelmouse_abtests='; cookie += '; Max-Age=0'; document.cookie = cookie + '; Path=/; SameSite=None; Secure'; })();

Stop thinking and start doing. Related: How 4 Words Control Your Career Decisions I’m a compulsive over-analyzer. Rarely am I able to just “let things go” when I should. Instead, I dwell. I pick apart. I dissect until whatever it is no longer resembles itself. I think way too much. The human brain has a remarkable ability to find order in chaos. I blame my need to over-analyze on this biological fact. I think, ultimately, I’m searching for some sort of reason in an unreasonable world. In business, they call it analysis-paralysis: becoming so obsessed with understanding what happened in the past and why you fail to actually move forward. You simply become stuck in the analysis phase. The search for meaning and understanding is a noble one and I’m not suggesting it should be abandoned completely. But there’s a point when we simply have to let go of the past. We have to accept what has happened and where we are, and we have to move on. Otherwise, we become frozen. We keep searching for something that may or may not exist and, meanwhile, the rest of the world carries on. Whenever I’m stuck in analysis-paralysis, I remind myself of a few things I’ve learned over the years:


  1. Sometimes, the obvious explanation is the right one.
  2. Sometimes, there is no meaning.
  3. Sometimes, you’re not supposed to understand.
  4. Just because it takes a long time to come to a conclusion doesn’t make the conclusion any more “right.”
Stop analyzing. Stop planning. Stop searching for meaning. Just. Move. Forward. Often, it’s only when you stop thinking and start doing that things become clear. This post was originally published on an earlier date.

Related Posts

Why Emotional Decisions Aren’t Always Bad 4 Ways To Stop Being A Control Freak A Genie And A Road Map: How To Make Successful Decisions   Photo Credit: Shutterstock
Learn how to land a career you love

We've all been there. At some point, we are finally "done" with our current employer and make the decision to hunt for a new job. That's just the nature of the beast—we get hired, we get excited, we have a honeymoon phase, we work hard, and, slowly, the glow wears off. Next employer, please.

SHOW MORE Show less

If you're an executive or somebody in a leadership position, you have an executive presence. Your executive presence is your reputation. It's what people think when you walk into a room, and what they say about you when you're not in the room.

SHOW MORE Show less

Being able to clearly define your value proposition can be hugely successful for a business, providing them a significant competitive advantage. Here are three steps to develop your value proposition.

SHOW MORE Show less

Latest