Overcoming Analysis Paralysis – Don’t Wait Until the Plan Is Perfect

Overcoming Analysis Paralysis - Don’t Wait Until the Plan Is Perfect

“Overcoming Analysis Paralysis – Don’t Wait Until the Plan Is Perfect” written by Mike Marko.

Trust me I get it.

How do you know when you’re ready to start your consulting business?


It NEVER will be.

And I used to be the same way. I took some time before I built up confidence to “pull the trigger”. I wasted precious time because of my being slow to act.  I was held back back by analysis paralysis.

But I overcame it and you can too.

Right now is the perfect time to become a consultant. The “stars” have never been so aligned as to make it this easy to become a consultant… and there is a huge movement in favor of consultants and freelancers.

The days of working for a big company for the rest of your life is as extinct as the dinosaurs.

That’s why I want to give you tips on how to overcome analysis paralysis that I’ve since been able to do to help my consulting business grow faster.

Tips To Use In Overcoming Analysis Paralysis

So you know you want to start being a consultant… but you are holding yourself back.

Let’s explore what you can do to help yourself get started.

Tip #1: Know How Badly You Want It

So how badly do you want it?

What is your why?

The first big tip I have for you is to really know exactly why you want to become a consultant. Is it because:

  1. You want to control your time?
  2. You want to profit from your time?
  3. You want to work less hours?
  4. You love helping people?
  5. You want to work on whatever projects you choose?
  6. You want to make more money?

These are all great goals… but I challenge you to again ask yourself… why do you want that?

What will having that make you feel? Can you make it bigger than yourself?

Possible bigger why’s can be:

  1. You don’t want to miss big events in your children’s lives?
  2. You are tired of seeing others profit from all your hard work?
  3. You love the intimacy of working with people who really profit from your work? The feeling of accomplishment?
  4. You want to LOVE what you do and are excited to get started every day?
  5. You want the sense of freedom of being debt free? Or knowing that you have secured the funds for your children’s education?

Make your why as big as possible. You may not necessarily stop word hunger with your work (or my might…) but your why should be big enough that it stirs up and emotion inside yourself.

It should be a spark to get you going.

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Tip #2: What Would Happen If You Don’t Start Now?

Now that you have your why… what would happen if you don’t start now?

What would you lose out on?

List that all out.

I listen to a lot of Tony Robbins, and he often says that people are more motivated by fear and pain than by what you can gain. I’ve also heard the analogy that people are more interested in “pain killers” than “vitamins”.

So really think about all the negative things that could happen if you DON’T start right away.

List them out.

And keep them handy so you can see them every day.

Tip #3: Identify Your Objective

Overcoming Analysis Paralysis Don’t Wait Until the Plan Is PerfectSo ultimately what is your end goal?

Do you know what decisions need to be made today versus in the future?

This is a great time to QUICKLY jot out some milestones. Plan out a rough plan with milestones. Nothing carved into stone at this point… just a plan.

For instance, if you are planning to start consulting while you have a full time job (like I did) then by when are you wanting to get your first client? When do you want to do this full time?

Your objective should be to achieve something from the decision – making progress on a project or fixing a problem. And it is much easier to take decide on and take action on smaller steps.

Once you have the milestones, you can start taking action to meet those milestones.

Remember it’s better to aim high and miss it by a bit ,then to aim too low and not do your best.

Tip #4: It Won’t Be Perfect… So Forget About It

Perfection isn’t the key.

You won’t know everything.

So forget trying to get it all right and prepare things.

Making a decision should simply be a step towards the right direction of an ultimate objective (see tip 3).

It’s ok to have a “ok” decision to support making progress towards your end goal. Just get started.

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Tip #5: Let Go Of Your Past Decision Making

Overcoming Analysis Paralysis Don’t Wait Until the Plan Is PerfectI get it… you made mistakes.

But so have we all.

So let’s start anew. Do not over think about how you made decisions in the past, especially if you are one who suffers from analysis paralysis.

Simply start fresh, work through your objectives and the options, all towards making a decision.

There is a quote I love: “your past does not define your future.” You are a better and wiser person today than you were even yesterday.

Tip #6: Drop Your Curiosity

I’m an engineer by training…

And so I love to analyze things.

But nothing can hurt you more in reaching your goals than over analyzing.

When I a teenager I loved painting with acrylics. And I have to say I was pretty good… but the toughest lesson I had to learn was that I would never be 100% satisfied with the end results. I would overthink the painting and touch it up until… it started looking worse and went into a tail spin. A painting that should have taken the day ends up taken weeks and I’m never happy. And I would never get any other paintings done.

I learned that “good enough” can be an answer: not to spend too much trying to get things perfect in the details.

And this is very similar process to overthinking what you need to do to get started.

One of the culprits contributing to analysis paralysis are details. Specifically, I mean the desire to dig deeper and deeper every new detail that you uncover. You literally go down the rabbit hole and just keep digging deeper into stuff and not get anything accomplished.

So if you have just enough information to take one step forward… take a step. You’ll make mistakes, but that’s ok. Mistakes are opportunities to make course corrections.

The biggest mistake you can make is not getting started.

Tip #7: There is NEVER A Perfect Time

The moons will not be perfectly aligned.

That means no matter how much information you have, there’ll always be more. So you won’t be in a situation where your decisions will be optimal.

That being said, not having all the information shouldn’t prevent you from making decisions as quickly as you can. You can always adapt to new information as it comes.

Be prepared to make mistakes… but you can always adjust and keep moving.

Tip #8: Set A Deadline

Overcoming Analysis Paralysis Don’t Wait Until the Plan Is PerfectYou can’t ever regain back today.

So each day that you don’t take action is a lost opportunity.

While there isn’t a hard and fast rule for making decisions on deadlines, they are important to help you with making progress.

If you completed tips #1 and #2, you should have a very good reason for why you are doing what you are doing and a firm understanding of what would happen if don’t. This should help you set your ultimate implementation deadline. From there you can back into additional milestones along the way.

Setting these milestone deadlines, and your ultimate deadline, will help you overcome over analyzing because you’ll more readily see when you are wasting time.

Tip #9: Don’t Listen to Others

Ok, that tip sounds a bit harsh…

It’s ok to gather wisdom from others who HAVE EXPERIENCE going where you are going, but for the most part don’t listen to others. Many will tell you why you shouldn’t do what you are doing, or will give advice from a position of really not knowing.

Get mentors. Surround yourself with people who have some experience with where you want to go.

But don’t listen to others that will either deter, distract, or steer you wrong.

Final Thoughts on Overcoming Analysis Paralysis

In this blog post I covered how to overcome analysis paralysis.  It’s so easy to find reasons not to start your consulting business.  The time will never be perfect.

But you can and will “pull the trigger” and get started  with the help of these tips.  Don’t waste precious time because you are slow to act.  Otherwise you could become as extinct as the dinosaur old businesses go out of business.

After you get started, you need to start updating your business plan as you go.  Expect that change will be a natural phenomena in business.

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