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“The maxim “Nothing but perfection” may be spelled “Paralysis”

Winston Churchill

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One of the things that has frustrated me over the years is how extended discussion and review often leads to inaction. Or what sometimes is even worse is when effective solutions get diluted in fear that they will offend someone or upset the status quo.

I would much rather do something on time and correct any problems then enter into all kinds of meaningless delays. If you are an over-analyzer join a discussion group and leave the decision making to the doers. If you have analysis paralysis you may want to try some of the tips I got from the topliferesults blog.

Tips to Help You Break Free From The Overanalysis Habit

At the root of a lot of overanalysis is fear – which includes anxiety about the unknown future, fear of not “measuring up”, and fear of failure. I think that many of us who overanalyze tend to be perfectionists.

Most of us don’t want to be surprised by the unexpected. 

I like a quote I read from Brian Tracy, who wrote a book called “Great Little Book on Personal Achievement.”  Here is one of Tracy’s quotes:

Think continually in terms of the rewards of success rather than the penalties of failure

How much of life have you missed out on because of a fear of failure, embarrassment, or rejection?

Approach your life and your goals today with a focus on the rewards of success.  This will inspire and encourage you to get going and get to work on your dreams in life

Create a Brief Plan for Your Goal and Then Start Taking Action

Once you have some type of plan, start taking action.  If you overanalyze your plan, you will end up with the inertia of “feeling stuck.”  Conditions will never be perfect in life.  What you need to do is to get started.

Encourage Yourself Daily when You Step Outside of Your Comfort Zone

What would happen if you decided to encourage yourself as you work on your own personal development – and as you pursue your goals in life?  Wouldn’t this be life-changing?

I believe that there are only two paths or responses with the dreaded “comfort zone.”  We can remain stuck inside of it (as we become trapped by overanaytical thinking) or we can take action, move outside of our comfort zone, and keep on encouraging ourselves as we do.

Forgive Yourself for Your Past Failures and Mistakes

With this tip, I would like to add “Today is a new day.”  It may be a bit of a redundant saying, but it’s worth remembering.  How much are you influenced by yesterday’s failures and mistakes?  How many of your past failures have you personalized? When we internalize our mistakes or failures in life, we feel discouraged when we attempt new things, and also have a tendency to quit when we face obstacles.

Don’t Attempt It All on Your Own – Get the Advice and Input of Others

Sometimes it’s very difficult to think clearly when we are overwhelmed with details in life.  When we make mistakes and fail, it’s natural to get caught up with a bunch of “where did things go wrong?” types of questions.

If you tend to overanalyze things, be sure to ask for the wise counsel and advice from others.  You are not alone when you face challenges and difficulties.  Many others have been there and can guide you in the right direction.  Ask and keep on asking. 

Remind Yourself of the Value of Persistence in Life

If we choose to become consumed with regret and frustration, we’ll remain “stuck” in neutral.  If we choose to learn from it, we can develop a spirit of persistence. 


Some days it is a heroic act just to refuse the paralysis of fear and straighten up and step into another day.

Edward Albert


I want to thank all of you who have taken the time and trouble to send me your stinking chain letters over the past years. Thank you for  making me feel safe, secure, blessed, and wealthy. Because of your concern……..

I no longer drink Coca Cola because it can remove toilet stains and it eats the paint off of cars.

I no longer drink Pepsi or Dr Pepper since the people who make these products are atheists who refuse to put “Under God” on their cans.

I no longer use cancer causing deodorants even though I smell like a wet dog on a hot day.

I no longer receive packages from UPS or FedEx since they are actually Al Qaida in disguise.

I no longer answer the phone because someone will ask me to dial a stupid number for which I will get the phone bill from hell with calls to Jamaica, Uganda, Singapore, and Uzbekistan.

I no longer eat @ KFC because their chickens are actually horrible mutant freaks with no eyes or feathers.

I no longer have any sneakers — but that will change once I receive my free replacement pair from Nike.

I no longer buy expensive cookies from Neiman Marcus since I now have their recipe.

I no longer worry about my soul because I have 363,214 angels looking out for me.

I no longer have any money at all, but that will change once I receive the $15,000 that Microsoft and AOL are sending me for participating in their special e-mail program.

I no longer use my cell phone because I could spontaneously combust at a gas station while refueling my car.

Yes, I want to thank all of you soooooooo much for looking out for me!  I will now return the favor.

If you DON’T send this e-mail to at least 5000 people in the next 60 seconds, a large bird with diarrhea will poop on your head at 5:00PM tomorrow afternoon. I know this will occur because it actually happened to a friend of a friend of a friend of a  . . . . . .etc…


By your thoughts you are daily, even hourly, building your life; you are carving your destiny.

Ruth Barrick Golden


At a world brewing convention in the States, the CEOs of various brewing organizations retired to the bar at the end of each day’s conferencing.

Bruce, CEO of Fosters, shouted to the barman. “In ‘Strailya?, we make the best bloody beer in the world, so pour me a Fosters, mate.”

Rob, CEO of Budweiser calls out next. “In the States, we brew the finest beers of the world, and I make the king of them all – gimme a Bud”.

Hans steps up next “In Germany ve invented das beer. Give me un Helles, ze REAL King of beers.”

Jan, chief executive of Grolsch follows by stating that Grolsch is the ultimate beer and asks for one with two fingers of head on top.

Patrick, CEO of Guinness, steps forward. “Barman, give me a coke with ice please”.

The other four stare at him in stunned silence with amazement written all over their faces.

Eventually Bruce asks, “Are you not going to have a Guinness, Pat?”

Patrick replies “Well, if you jokers aren’t drinking, then neither am I.”


When will all the rhetorical questions end?


“May I go swimming, Mommy?”

“No, you may not. There are sharks here.”

“But Daddy’s swimming.”

“He’s insured.”


“Get out of your own way… stop the paralysis by analysis… decide what you want, create a simple plan, and get moving!”

Steve Maraboli,


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than fifteen years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@gmail.com. Back issues are posted at https://raykiwsp.wordpress.com/ currently there are more than 2000 readers from around the world.



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