Paralysis of Analysis

Analysis is Paralysis

Analysis is Paralysis (Photo credit: Poldavo (Alex))

I have written and rewritten this sentence seven times now. That is because I didn’t like the way that it read. The words didn’t flow from my fingertips and I didn’t feel the purpose and passion that I pursue in each of these posts.

So I stared, hummed, harrumphed and deleted with reckless abandon. My jaw ached from being clenched too tightly and my head hurt from thinking. Or maybe I should say “overthinking.”

Yes, I suffered from a brief bout of paralysis of analysis. Spent too much time wondering and worrying about whether these words would read the way I wanted them too.

There Is a Time for Everything

There is a time for everything and there is merit to thinking about what you are doing and why. I have tried to make sure that everything I do here has a reason and a purpose for being done.

That is because this blog presents more than just my personality. It includes my professional side and I want it to be clear that there is more to me than a guy who likes to laugh. It is why I make a point to review and evaluate the content and the pages you see here.

That review is what made me realize that I lacked a call to action and why I added a page called Hire Me.

But there is a time for review and a time for action and it is important not to mistake the two. So when I realized that I was caught up in ticky tack stuff I took a deep breath and let those words you read above live.

They work. They say what needs to be said and it allowed me to move on to more important things.

I Want Your Help

One of the things that I am working upon is building my Facebook page and increasing the number of followers I have on Twitter. I would love for you to be a part of both.

They provide more places for us to engage and interact and that is what social media is all about. I anticipate that in the near future I will unveil a newsletter that some of you might want to subscribe to.

While I can guarantee I will share that information here I can promise it will be covered in those places too. It is all part of my effort to build a community here. Community is important to me.

I have been involved in one form or another of social media for about a decade now and have been writing professionally for more than twenty years. It is my pleasure to share that knowledge and experience with you, but I am not here to stand on a soapbox.

Your knowledge and experience is of value too.

We can learn and grow together. All I ask is that is you give this place a chance.

Learn By Doing

I know how to find information. I know how to use this skill to learn anything and to apply it so that I can learn by doing. But I also know that it works better when there is more than one person doing it. So my pledge to you is share my tales and tell you my stories.

Some of them will be bits about how paralysis of analysis almost prevented me from writing this post and how I figured out a way to get around it. There is value in sharing.

What do you think?

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12 Comments

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  3. Tim Bonner September 16, 2012 at 1:33 am

    Hey Josh

    Lately I have found it a struggle to write even the shortest of posts. Lots of things going on in the offline world.

    Too many thoughts in my head. But then all I need is one of those thoughts to turn it into a post. Things should settle down soon and hopefully back to normal!

    Great idea to have a hire me page by the way and I really enjoy your work.

    • Josh September 16, 2012 at 4:48 pm

      Hi Tim,

      Thank you. I really appreciate it.

      I think we all run into moments where it feels exceptionally hard to come up with content we like and feel good about it. Sometimes it is a matter of recharging our batteries and sometimes it is because we are being too hard on ourselves.

  4. Carolyn September 14, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Hi Josh, I run into that too. I can be really excited about tech and telling my readers about it but then I sit down at the computer and stumble over my words. When that happens, I get up from my chair for about 5 minutes then start again. It doesn’t always work, but sometimes it propels me into the flow of words.

    By the way, I Liked your Facebook page when I saw the widget, even before I read your article!

    • Josh September 15, 2012 at 10:59 am

      Hi Carolyn,

      Thank you, I appreciate your support.

      Sometimes just getting up and walking around works wonders. I know that Judy says she walks backwards and I have done things like that too. Or push ups, I do a lot of push ups next to my computer.

      Anything that shifts my thoughts and gets the blood pumping.

  5. Jayme Soulati September 14, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Most bloggers just don’t write that day; you, however, insist on it. Perhaps that’s why you struggle every 10 days to put out posts that meet your standards?

    • Josh September 14, 2012 at 12:56 pm

      Most bloggers aren’t writers, I am. When I am on deadline I don’t have the luxury of saying I don’t know what to write about or how to start.

      The point and purpose of writing daily is to train myself to write anywhere, any time and under any conditions. I am a good writer who sometimes manages to be great, but that is not who I want to be.

      My goal is to become great and to write work that is exceptional. The only way to do that is to write. I would rather try and fail than fail to try.

  6. Gina September 14, 2012 at 9:06 am

    “paralysis of analysis” you talkin’ about me???? There is value in sharing but I seem to be the taker from your posts which inspire me to write, practice writing, stop over thinking, yadda, yadda, yadda! Thanks, as always, for your support!

    • Josh September 14, 2012 at 12:58 pm

      It is always good to know that people appreciate what we have written. I never know when someone will share something exceptional or interesting so I try to keep my eyes and ears open always.

      Maybe you’ll come up with something spectacular like an explanation for why Jay Cutler ha managed to alienate his offensive line.

  7. Kaarina Dillabough September 14, 2012 at 4:54 am

    There is always value in sharing. It allows us to benefit from different points of view and perspectives. The important thing is then, “To thine own self be true”. Choose the path that’s best for you. Too many “gurus” and “experts” out there telling people “the way” to do things. There are many ways.

    I know I fall into what I call possibilities paralysis sometimes. There are so many wonderful things to do, people to connect with, places to see, ways to express oneself that I sometimes feel paralyzed by possibility. That’s a good thing. And it only lasts for moments. Because I’m a person of action. I pick one, do it, benefit from it (even when it’s a “mistake”) and move on.

    Keep building what you’re building, and allow moments of analysis paralysis to come and go like a feather in the wind. Cheers! Kaarina

    • Josh September 14, 2012 at 1:08 pm

      Action is good. It leads places and offers opportunity. There is comfort sometimes that comes from standing still but that is rarely if ever a long term solution.

      Too many things happen and life moves whether we want it to or not so we have to adapt. I know for me I feel better when I take those steps. The hardest part before a change is the anxiety that comes from waiting.

      Better to go meet the challenge and learn what will be required.

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