Are you stuck in analysis paralysis, trying to figure out which business you should start?
You have so many passions to choose from. So many things you’re good at. So many ideas swirling in your head.
When you have too many options, it’s almost impossible to choose one.
What if you pick the wrong passion?
Or should you ignore passion and do something you’re really good at?
But then what if you miss out on the latest trend that could have made you millions?
How do you get out of analysis paralysis and make your way to a decision that feels good to you?
Here’s what worked for me when I faced the same decision after leaving school (and a couple more times along the way – ah, the life of a multi-passionate!):
(P.S. You can use these tips any time you’re stuck in analysis paralysis about anything.)
1. Stop Researching
It’s so tempting to think that, if only you had more information, you’d be able to make the right decision on the spot.
And so, you read 100 articles on how to find the right business idea, ask all the entrepreneurs you know how they found theirs, and email your fave bloggers for advice.
But instead of the magic formula for finding the right business ideas, you now have 100 different opinions of what you should do… and you’re feeling more confused than ever!
I’m all for doing your research, but only in the smart way – a way that leads you out of confusion and into clarity. Here’s how:
- Ask specific questions: What’s the end result you have in mind and what do you specifically need to know to make a decision? Let’s say you want to start a business. Are you interested in a product-based business or in a service-based business? A niche business or a multi-passionate business? The more specific questions you ask, the more useful the answers will be.
- Ask the pros: I’ll tell you a secret. Anyone can write anything online, even if they have 0 practical experience on the topic. And your friends mean well, but if they’ve never started a business (or done whatever else you need clarity on), they won’t have the answer, either. Once you know exactly what you want to achieve, find people who did it and ask them for advice. Everything else is just noise.
- Set a deadline: You can get stuck in research mode forever if you don’t set yourself a deadline. It could be reading blog articles for one hour. Or talking to 3 people within a week. Go crazy with research during that period, but then force yourself to make a decision. You have enough information, trust me.
Related: How To Overcome Self-Doubt
2. Get Out Of Your Head And Into Your Body
Did you know you’re not supposed to make decisions with your head? I know, that’s not what you’ve been taught. The brain is the decision-making organ and all that…
But then… how come every time you make a sensible decision, you’re… unsatisfied?
Here’s the truth: the body is the real-decision maker. The brain comes in later to find the best way to execute on that decision.
Your body has a different type of intelligence. It doesn’t care if something’s popular, if you’re good enough, how much money you could make from it…
Your body only cares whether something is right for YOU. Does it make you feel good? Does it feel right in your gut? Is it a whole body HELL YEAH?!
That’s when you know you’re making the right decision. Only after that, bring in the mind to figure out the how.
3. Take (Any) Action
So, you’ve done your research and checked in with your body, but you’re still confused on what decision to take or what the first step towards it is?
The only antidote I know to confusion is taking action – any action.
Marie Forleo said it better: “Clarity comes from engagement, not thought.” You can drive yourself crazy thinking about what action to take or what idea to pursue, but you’ll never know if it’s the right one until you try it.
Action gives you instant feedback. It doesn’t matter if you go down the wrong route because you can always course correct. But if you don’t take any action at all, you’ll stay stuck in analysis paralysis forever.
You Can’t Choose Wrong
Analysis paralysis happens when you’re worried about making the wrong decision. But you can’t choose wrong.
Because every choice leads you to where you need to go. I know this first hand. Every time I picked the “wrong” career, I learned something that redirected me to the next thing I was meant to do.
Nothing in life is set in stone. You’re not meant to stay stuck in any one place forever.
Take that first step and let the journey guide you.
You’ve got this.