Clever Conversation - June 22 2016

Clever Conversation - June 22 2016

Conversation Starter: Information Paralysis

Host: Stefanie McManus, The Clever Office - Owner/Operator

This Week’s Sponsor: Jeannine Falconbridge, LegalShield Independent Associate, LegalShield
The topic is because there is too much information available everywhere at every turn and why is there so much information about everything? Is it really information anymore or is it more like there's just a lot of opinions? Critical thinking skills are more necessary to navigate the world than ever before.
Pictured: The Back of Garion Scott's head, Jeannine Falconbridge, Ed Bulanda



"Analysis paralysis or paralysis by analysis is the state of over-analyzing (or over-thinking) a situation so that a decision or action is never taken, in effect paralyzing the outcome"

What is it about having so much information that provokes a need to be perfect? If you reference J.K. Rowling's success with Harry Potter, she certainly didn't start out perfect. She started by putting a pen to a piece of paper and ... Got started. Integrity is perhaps a key indication of successfully processing information - Integrity with onesself spurrs action to be as good as you can be, whereas an inability to achieve perfection can lead to paralysis. 

But what else can you do to avoid overanalyzing and over thinking? In the conversation it was suggested you could step back and question if the informaton you are gathering is actually helping you take steps towards your goal. How pertinent is the information? If you can't clearly define how the information is helping you, it may be time to set it aside. 

Overthinking is a symptom of analysis paralysis too - For instance, if you really want to play an instrument it's kind of simple... Pick up that ukulele and strum away! If in frustration the question is asked "Why can't I do this!?", is it the wrong question? There are many different sources touting the question "How can I do this?" as a wonderful alternative - Finding out how is essential. You aren't going to pick something up overnight, or over two or three sessions, and get it - Enjoy the process, laugh, have fun! 

As a bonus this week, here is a wonderful video & article about passion. Does tapping into your passions help you overcome analysis paralysis because your goals are clearer?

Here is the LINK to the Forbes Article

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Continue the Conversation with these Questions/Statements:


Questions/Statements are written out by the host based on the thoughts or triggers the host has, or based on the reaction of other attendees.

Here are 5 of the questions/statements from this week’s notes:

  • All information is good and important - Quickly analyze whether it is important to my goals!
  • Put a timeline on what you want to spend in research
  • Are you actually curious about the information? Ask questions of myself & ANSWER before everything I read and all information I gather - What is my goal and HOW does this apply to me?
  • Perfection is being as good as I can be
  • You can bring your integrity to the table instead of trying to be perfect.

Book Recommendations:
Blink, Malcolm Gladwell
The Values Factor, Dr. John Demartini
The Success Principles, Jack Canfield
The Science of Getting Rich, Wallace D. Wattles