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How to Stop Analysis Paralysis and Make Great Decisions Quickly

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How are you when it comes to decision making? Do you spend a long time thinking over every single thing? Do you feel the need to analyze every option? Do you sometimes miss perfectly good opportunities or waste time due to your meticulousness?
If so, congratulations — you “suffer” from analysis paralysis. Analysis paralysis is the state of over-thinking about a decision to the point that a choice never gets made, thereby creating inaction. A person faces analysis paralysis when he/she…

  • is overwhelmed by the available options
  • over-complicates the decision when it’s supposed to be quite simple
  • feels compelled to pick the “right” choice, thereby delaying any decision until he/she does due research
  • feels a deep fear of making a wrong move, hence stalling any decision making to prevent the wrong choice from being made

… all in all, not able to decide at all.
My Experience with Analysis Paralysis
Even though I’m good at making big life decisions quickly (I share my frameworks for making long-term life decisions here), up until recently I sucked at making simple, daily decisions.
Some examples

  • Once I was buying a hard disk. Buying a hard disk should be pretty straightforward isn’t it? Well no — the hard disks came in so many variants that I couldn’t make up my mind!

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‘I’m a Fraud’ – 7 Tips to Overcome the Impostor Syndrome

Girl with a drawing on her face

During a recent run of my Anti-Procrastination Course, I was working with participants to uncover their inner resistances. A participant shared this belief, “I’m a fraud.” Even though she wants to build her coaching practice and host retreats worldwide, there are times when she procrastinates because she feels unconfident about what she’s trying to do. She says,

“[I feel as though] I’m a fraud. I still have so much to learn to be a coach. To be recognized as an expert, I was instilled with the belief that I need a lot of credentials under my name. I’m constantly reading and learning from others and sharing what I learn with others. However, I feel the ideas aren’t my ideas and that I sometimes use other people’s inspiration to express my thoughts and lessons.”

Have you ever felt this way before? That you are a fraud, an impostor?
The Impostor Syndrome, aka “I’m a fraud”
Introducing the impostor syndrome. The impostor syndrome or the belief “I’m a fraud” is the phenomenon where you feel that you are not as good as what others think, or the image you’re trying to portray. ...

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Make 2017 Your Best Year Ever (Free 2017 Planner)

I absolutely love this time of year! It’s a time for celebrating and getting together with family. It’s a time for reflecting on all of your achievements for the year. It’s a time for backyard cricket and it’s a time for beach, sun and plenty of outdoor activities (at least here in Australia!). But it’s […]

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Why I Used to Hate My Feet – The Stigma Against Women with Big Feet

Feet covered with flowers

Have you ever had a body part that you hated? A body part that people kept criticizing, even though it’s simply a natural part of your body?
I used to hate my feet when I was younger. The reason was because of my feet size. They are larger than the average Asian woman’s feet, which are a tiny size 6 or 7 (EU 37-38), even smaller if you look at places like Japan.
On the other hand, my feet are a size 10 (US), or 41-42 EU depending on the shoe cut. Which is normal in the U.S. or Europe, but over here, your feet would be regarded as somewhere between an abomination and a monstrosity, particularly if you are female, and Chinese.
Which was exactly the type of reaction I got growing up. Back when I was a kid (my feet weren’t a size 10 then, but probably bigger than the average girl), I always had difficulty getting shoes my size. When I was 9-10, my mom would always go to this shoe store to buy shoes for the family. I remember standing by the girl’s section each time and look longingly at the Mary Janes and pumps, which had cute, feminine designs. As a little girl, I didn’t understand why I couldn’t wear them,...

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Why I Deleted My Facebook Page with 20,800 Likes

Celestine Chua Facebook Page

Hi everyone! Last month (Oct 2016) I deleted my verified Facebook page with 20,800+ likes. To be precise, I deactivated it, but the page is as good as gone now. Today I share the reasons why.
The truth is that Facebook hasn’t been adding value to me as a business owner for a while. While I had previously deleted my Facebook account in 2011, it was because the Facebook personal account was the wrong tool for me to use for my site and subsequently switching to a Facebook page solved my issue of the 5,000 friend limit among others.
But over the past years, I feel that Facebook has degenerated from being a potentially great seeding ground for useful content and positive discussions, to now a venting ground; a place for unsavory exchanges; a channel to get back at those who don’t meet a certain level of conduct (think citizen journalism); a place for short-form, “scratch an itch” content; and even fake news, which recently became a hot topic due to the 2016 US presidential elections.
Why has this happened? For me as a page owner and content publisher, my biggest grip with Facebook is how its algorithm has changed over time to prize content with the most engagement....

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Simple Daily Planner to Increase Your Productivity

I’ve created a simple to use daily planner because I’ve been really focused on personal productivity recently. Now that I’m building my career and my business, focusing on my health and fitness, throw in some social activities all while being a new father, changing nappies and supporting my daughters growth, TIME IS PRECIOUS! The older I […]

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10 Ways Blogging Will Change Your Life

Starting a blog can change your life. Seriously. It’s changed my life and I know it’s changed thousands of other’s lives. When I was working at my previous employer I knew I wanted to start something on my own. I knew that I wanted to build a business and a business that was linked to […]

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Top 150 Travel Blogs 2016

The official Top 150 Travel Blogs is here! What an exciting list to pull together. I’m proud to say that this is the most comprehensive and up-to-date list of travel blogs anywhere in the world today! As North America and Europe head into Summer, and Australia and New Zealand head into Winter, it’s a fantastic […]

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8 Advantages of Being an Introvert at Work

Historically, the term ‘introvert’ has been considered as being largely negative. Introverts are often the victims of fundamental misunderstandings, however, as others confuse them as being shy, overly analytical and in some instances entirely bereft of empathy for others. Not only are these perceptions false, but they also disguise the fact that being an introvert […]

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Feng Fu Point – The Ultimate Ice Therapy

Have you ever wondered if there is some secret thing you can do that puts you on another level in life? Something that increases your energy, enhances the quality of your sleep, relieves pain and reduces symptoms of certain diseases? Well, I’m about to share that secret with you! It’s called Feng Fu. Feng Fu […]

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