How to Overcome Paralysis by Analysis

Magnifying GlassDue to their drive for perfection, analytical thinkers have a distinct advantage in life; they thrive on achievement, and, in turn, they often achieve. However, the tireless pusuit of reason does have its drawbacks, including the propensity to over-think, which is commonly referred to as “analysis paralysis.” As a thinker you’ll want to gain the obvious strengths of Analytical Thinking, while minimizing the possible weaknesses.

The analytical thinker is often a perfectionist who demands the absolute best of a solution. However, this can be a double-edged sword. By insisting on perfection, the end-solution may be steller. Or it may be non-existent if the drive for perfection leads to “analysis paralysis” – a common condition of analytical thinkers who over-analyze to the point that they cannot move forward.

But most valuable are the analytical thinker’s positive qualities – the ability to dig up facts, to find the optimal solution, and to overcome obstacles.

How to Be an Analytical Thinker

Approaching a problem with Analytical Thinking can mean the difference between success and failure – and it can go either way, depending on how you use it.

So, to gain this powerful trait, consider the following:

What are all the facts?

In what order did the events occur?

What should be there that isn’t?

What shouldn’t be there that is?

3 Questions To Ask To Avoid “Analysis Paralysis”

To be an analytical thinker, it’s also essential to make sure you do not hit analysis paralysis. Avoid this by asking:

Have I discounted a viable solution?

Am I unwilling to comprimise?

Can I go outside the box?

To the pleasure of their bosses, analytical thinkers are strict adherers to process. They do everything by the book. This reliance on process and fact allows analytical thinkers to easily sell their ideas to a decision-maker or group.

When presented with a problem that needs Analytical Thinking, try taking a structured and organized approach, even if it is against your nature. Stick to the process. A sound analysis of options requires research that’s thorough and objective.

Take your time. Be willing to detach yourself emotionally to gain an analytical perspective. Also be willing to recognize when it’s time to give away some control in order to find the best solution.


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