Are you the kind of person that tends to weigh pros and cons carefully before making a choice? Well that’s great, and that probably means you usually make smart moves that turn out to be great for you. But are you sure your analysis is healthy and normal? Or do you tend to be overwhelmed when trying to make a decision? Read on to discover how and why you should stop being obsessed with making the right decision, and how things can backfire on you if you take it too far.
How to Stop Being Obsessed with Making the Right Decision
Decoding Analysis Paralysis
Analysis paralysis is a condition that affects a lot of us, and some of us don’t even realize it did. It usually happens when we are faced with a lot of options, or just a couple of options that could change our lives in a very profound way. If you’re a perfectionist or are someone who tends to overanalyze situations and conditions, you’re more likely to suffer from analysis paralysis.
Individuals who have trouble making choices and have low self esteem are also more likely to be affected by this one.
Why it Can Backfire Horribly
There are times when the worry about the problem is a lot worse than the problem itself.David Spiegel
If decision making is more of a stressful situation for you than it really needs to be, you might be doing things wrong, and if you’re obsessed which picking what’s the best move for you, you might actually be doing the opposite- making the wrong choices.
Studies have found and revealed the negative effects of overthinking and overanalyzing situations. These have been linked to stress and at some point of time, psychological distress as well. Decision making tends to be a stressful situation for those who tend to have an obsession with always being ‘right’ and making the ‘right choice.’
Setting the unrealistic standard of perfection for yourself is another big no no, and eventually, when you make a bad choice or things don’t go the way you want them to, you’ll end up putting yourself down.
Taking too long to analyze a situation and make a choice can also make you lose out on opportunities. Sometimes, people also take too long to make a decision because being at the crossroads seems more convenient for them- it is a good way to stop taking responsibility at all, and accept life as it comes.
You could get stuck in potential consequences that may not even happen, just worrying about certain outcomes, and that can paralyze us or freeze us from taking an action.Rajitha Sinha, Yale Stress Centre.
Just Do It
One of the simplest ways to deal with this analysis paralysis is to just jump right into it. Follow your heart. It is important to remember that we are all humans, and we are bound to make mistakes, no matter what. One possibly wrong decision doesn’t mean the end of the world, and you don’t need to be perfect, because no one really is.
Just choose what you think is right for you, and what will truly make you happy in the end.
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