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Fola Daniel Adelesi: Analysis Paralysis

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I am currently feeling like a doctor or a researcher – about to present a new finding on some kind of diseases that the people have been struggling with. While it is truly a disease, the only difference is that it is not a medical condition but a mental condition, which may eventually translate to other things including a deteriorating medical condition. This disease is called analysis paralysis.

There are some people who can analyse, criticize, scrutinize, examine, evaluate, critically dissect, review, revise, recompose, juxtapose and do all the imaginable with a plan. But that’s what they know how to do best. You will hardly see a movement from paper to reality.

Before now I am sure you have heard of analysis and paralysis separately. So I believe you understand analysis and you know the meaning of paralysis However, have you ever thought there could be something called analysis paralysis? So you may have questions like what does it mean? Where did it come from? Who are the victims of this disease and what are the symptoms one can watch out for before you say someone has been infected?

Analysis paralysis is a condition where the infected persons will always give analysis of situations mostly in the negative way until their own analysis paralyzes them. In other words, when you present a proposition to them, they will start showing you why the proposition will not work and why it has already failed before it landed. Anything they themselves set out to do will always be analysed, and by the time they are done with their analysis, the brain cell that deals with optimism would have been shut down completely. Therefore, they are not able to achieve much or even achieve anything.

There are those who have the capacity to succeed, but by the time they give you the analysis of the whole situation, you will also want to be tempted to believe that nothing can work for them anymore. I have known some people who say they will do something but they never get it done. Why is it that they never get it done? They keep criticizing and analysing until there is no more time or resources to do anything.

These infected people are always looking for the ideal situations. You and I know that what is called ideal situation is an abnormal situation because it rarely exists. They are the people who always have very excellent ideas but they will not start because of the simplest things. A few of them will want to see the end from the beginning. If they are going into something and the end result is not guaranteed from the beginning, they will not get involved.

If you have reasons to deal with people like this, you are likely to be intimidated. When you go your separate ways and come back maybe months later or years later you will see that this person has not done much or may not have moved an inch while you have accomplished so much.

The point is that the person who has analysis paralysis never gets anything done even though he or she could have done so much. As they analyse and criticize, they weaken their own minds and consequently weaken themselves. Thats why they know so much and can talk a lot but they hardly ever achieve anything.

Now this does not mean you should not analyse what you are doing. I have not said you should not subject your works to criticism, but you have to know where to draw the line. There must be the feedback you are looking for so that you can improve what you are doing…not because you are looking for a perfect situation.

The perfect situation does not exist and will never exist. What you need to do is to start what has to be done and improve as you go on. While the analysis may be good, never let it paralyze you.

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Fola Daniel Adelesi (also Fola Daniel Speaks) is a Professional Public Speaker, Learning & Development Expert, Communications Professional, and an author of more than 13 books. He's a highly engaging training facilitator who holds his audience spellbound when speaking at gatherings. Apart from his several platforms which include banks, insurance companies, and religious organizations, he has been part of some national television shows and he spoke so intelligently. Some of his published books include: - Get Up and Hit That Goal - Basic Skills for Outstanding Leadership - Breaking Grounds Despite Backgrounds - Writing Business Proposals - Indebted to Ignorance He's also a highly skilled master of ceremony with excellent poise and diction who is endeared to many corporate clients. He was on the Debaters TV reality show Season 1, he presented 'You Can' on Radio Continental in 2011 and he did motivational segments on Galaxy Television from Dec. 2008 to August 2009. He currently features consistently on Channels Television and Television Continental, two of the leading TV stations in Nigeria to discuss national and youth issues. He keeps a vlog at https://youtube.com/foladanielspeaks and his books are available on https://amazon.com/author/foladanielspeaks or https://ediblepen.org/shop

4 Comments

  1. Goody

    December 11, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Bravo! Fola, this information is so handy. We need to be educated on all these topics because almost all of us in are guilty of this so called OFFENCE. Congrats! need to read more of your work.

  2. Tosin

    December 11, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Some people dive in and do, some people hang back and think. People are different, and we could all use a little sense of both styles. It is wisdom to know when you don’t know and not feel the need to act or choose one just for the sake of being decisive.
    Well done but I am a big critic of ‘motivation’, the genre, it’s full of incomplete truths.

  3. Aisha

    December 12, 2014 at 5:27 am

    Sometime it could just be a case of chemical imbalance in certain brain regions that foster indecisions….read magnificent mind at any age by Daniel Amen

  4. EJ

    December 12, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Very well said. But how can such a person be helped. Because i know one or two persons who fit this description and it’s usually difficult to get them to see past their over analysis of things. It would have been great if you talked about how such a person can be made to see how it is affecting them and ways they can change

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