I recently suffered from a short but dastardly case of analysis paralysis. I was working on a project and had lots of ideas. I gave myself so many choices that I sat in the crossroads instead of choosing a route and going for it. And I mean sat in it; no other stuff was getting through while I blocked all the lanes.
I hear of similar situations from creatives all the time.
“I have so many ideas.”
“I don’t know where to start.”
“What if I pick the wrong thing to start with?”
It’s hard to budge from that point of stuckness. The stakes feel big, and failure iminent. And it’s so personal.
What finally got me moving? Instead of moving forward, I took a step out.
I thought, “If a friend, collegue, or client came to me with this situation, what would I recommend?”
Bingo. The answer was clear. And unemotional. I had taken myself out of the equation.
When you are feeling blocked, stuck, or stumped, put some distance between yourself and the situation. We are all intutive problem solvers, but the answers are easier to see when they’re an arm’s length away.