Before (me 2 years ago) = Analysis Paralysis
Two years ago, I self-diagnosed my brain with a serious case of analysis-paralysis. A condition I also like to call the "Once X happens, then the time will be right to follow my dreams/be happy/do that thing I've been meaning to do/[Insert whatever else you're putting off]."
Analysis Paralysis is what happens when you spend more time deciding, and not enough time actually doing. I spent a full year just *deciding* what the name of my new project would be. How much did that get done? NOTHING.
Taking action can be scary, but it can also be thrilling, exhilarating, and refreshing.
What have you been over analyzing? What can you do right now to move forward on it (besides planning or deciding)!? Start now!
After (me 2 weeks ago) = Boom!
Two weeks ago I QUIT MY 9 to 5 AND AM NOW A SELF-EMPLOYED FILMMAKER + PHOTOGRAPHER! Woot woot!!!
6 years ago I started my side-hustle with a tiny hidden dream that has slowly sprouted and is now blossoming into my greatest joy. 6 years of doubt, day jobs, wondering if it's the "right" thing...of course it is! It's time for a whole new chapter! It's time to dream big, work hard, and make it count! BOOM! #DontBelieveMeJustWatch
Analysis Paralysis cured!
"But How?!", you might ask.
Two fundamental actions:
1. Doing: I had a vague idea of what I wanted to spend my time doing (I didn't have a perfect website, target client, etc.) I just had an idea -- taking pictures, and teaching -- and I made the intention to do that every day.
I literally set a stop watch for 5 minutes and did that every day for at least 5 minutes. No deciding, no analysis, just at least 5 pure, glorious, unanalyzed minutes of doing. This grew to more than 5 minutes, but the idea here is to build a habit and without analyzing it. Nike knows best here.
2. Feeling safe: I faced the root cause of my analysis paralysis = fear. I literally made a list of everything I could think of that could go wrong if I became self-employed. And then, next to each item, I wrote how I would overcome each fear if it happened and what I could do to proactively mitigate it (i.e. getting Health Insurance would be a proactive step to take from going bankrupt should I need to go to the hospital, etc.).
Then, I took all of the proactive steps I could to mitigate the risk, so that I felt safe making the shift to self-employment. I created a list of about 15 things that needed to be true for me to feel safe becoming self-employed, and then I did those things one by one.
Bottom line: You're already you. Time will pass whether you're ready or not. In a year from now, don't let thinking/deciding be the thing that held you back from a year of manifesting the life you dream of. Go forth. Take actions today that your future you will thank you for.