“It’s an open acknowledgment of a tendency we all have: to make things much more complicated than they need to be. After all, it’s much more fun – and still leaves room for other addictions, like procrastination, perfection and control – to engage in mental masturbation.” ~Beth Buelow, The Introvert Entrepreneur
Clearly I still needed another gentle push to jump today after my post of yesterday. I came home from work today to find Beth’s post entitled How to Kick Your Paralysis by Analysis Addiction (from which the quote above is taken) waiting for me in my RSS reader. Talk about a timely message!
Not only does she completely nail this tendency I find in myself, she also gave me the wonderful phrase “mental masturbation” to remind myself of what I’m engaging in when I catch myself in analysis paralysis next. Any phrase like this one that can make me laugh at myself even as I’m catching my patterns kicking in is worth its weight in gold!
I’ll let you all read her post for the details—trust me, it’s worth it! She captures this tendency perfectly, from the way it shows up to the causes behind it. I won’t even try to summarize it here, so go check it out!
In the meantime, I think I’m ready to take my life back from my gremlins who are so set on self-sabotage and go back keeping it simple. I know what I need to do. Time to stop the mental masturbation and just do it. Time to jump!
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