What to do if you’re stuck in analysis paralysis

analysis paralysis - work your way


“An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail.” – Edwin Land


Analysis paralysis.

It happens to the best of us.

It’s when you find yourself second guessing *everything* you do?

You think you’re on the right track.  But there’s just that little, itty, bitty, niggling doubt in the back of your mind.

You can’t get over it.  You keep analysing it.

And the more you analyse, the more you see something wrong with it.

The more you see wrong, the more you analyse.

So you can’t move forward.  In fact, you feel stuck.



I stumbled across this book by Tim Harford ‘Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with a Failure”.  He argues that we should leverage our failures to better equip us to succeed, that in fact we *need* failure to succeed.


“Accepting trial and error means accepting error. It means taking problems in our stride when a decision doesn’t work out, whether through luck or misjudgment. And that is not something human brains seem to be able to do without a struggle.”


I love the idea that you should just go ahead and do it.

Take the mistakes in your stride.  In fact, mistakes are a great eye-opener.

Whatever project you’ve been sitting on, whatever it is you’ve been deliberating over, make a start and see where it leads you.

Release it in Beta if you have to.  Now that’s an exciting way to start a project.

You get to see how people respond to it, then you can simply tweak or perfect it as you go along.

Who knows, it could be a raging success.

And if it isn’t, just politely withdraw it.

Power to you.


I’m Mary Cummings, a ghostwriter, collaborator and all round word doctor. I help business owners write and publish business books; I'm also passionate about helping creative freelancers find work that they love - their work sweet spot with work on their terms, projects they love and clients who are a dream to work for.

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