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#escapemanifesto preview: We talk ourselves out of decisions

You are probably familiar with the idea of Analysis Paralysis – the process of over-analysing a situation to the extent that a decision is never taken. We certainly are. Never has the theory been more applicable than to our own muddled thought processes when we were trying to escape.

It’s worth checking out an excellent Huffington Post article called “More Options, More Problems”. It starts with “deferring a decision means you haven’t made one. Thus, some of the most talented individuals in the world find themselves stuck in an unending holding pattern…”

If you work in the corporate world you’re probably relatively analytical. Your job might even involve analysing risk for other companies or assessing business plans. No wonder when it comes to your own life you apply the same level of rigour and risk aversion! It has become part of your thought process.

A private equity analyst recently emailed us. He is desperate to start a business but has critiqued so many business plans that he is terrified of trying his own.

What good decision-making requires is for you to be clear on your decision criteria. In a career context your criteria may be anything from salary, to colleagues, to location, to creativity, to impact.

Once you are clear on your criteria you can search for, eliminate and assess opportunities based on what you yourself are looking for.

FROM CHAPTER 2: THOUGHTS & BLOCKERS

By now, you’re probably aware that we wrote a book (you helped!) and we’re excited to be really close to the final publish date. The Escape Manifesto (#escapemanifesto on Twitter) is the book behind the movement and is here to support, inspire and encourage us all to make big and brave transitions in our lives. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing snippets on this blog.