What a strange month July was.
Simultaneously, it seemed to drag on & zip by. June involved a lot of Pride Month content that energized me. As that month ended, I posted on MY INSTAGRAM STORIES about pausing to recognize growth in ourselves. I was proud of myself in that moment. Then, something unfortunate happened.
I wanted to write so many different posts on my blog. I wanted to share creative photos on my Instagram. I wanted to prepare collaboration proposals.
But I just didn’t.
July faded into August & I was stuck. I kept thinking about the shoots I wanted to execute. I kept brainstorming ideas in my head. I kept opening my computer to plan my content calendar, but I would stop with my keys hovering over the keyboard, as I worried that I wouldn’t make the right decision. I was barely productive in this past month. I have been known to struggle with procrastination, but this was something different.
I went for a run a few days ago & I recognized my issue. One of the benefits of working out is your mind clears. I headed down a road that I was certain I wouldn’t be able to reach the end of. Rather than turn back, I told myself to just keep going a little bit more & a little bit more. I am sure it sounds like a total cliche, but I am almost teared up when I reached the end of the road. I realized that my fear of failing was becoming totally debilitating. I wasn’t doing anything because I was thinking of all the ways I could screw up & eventually stop. I was suffering from full-blown analysis paralysis.
Once I had had this internal revelation, I had a separate conversation with Steph, where stress was a major theme. I didn’t realize how stressed I was becoming about certain elements of my personal life. In addition to my fear of failing professionally, my personal stress, I believe, was also limiting my intentions for action.
I realized the best way to overcome this paralyzed state was just by doing something.
My goals for the next month are significant, especially as this is the last month of my twenty-fifth year. I am going to send emails that have been mostly drafted in my brain till now. I am going to make plans for coffee & cocktails with inspiring people & brands. I am going to cross three things off my to do list every single day.
I am shaking out the cobwebs & preparing to act instead of analyze. I will report back with an update in a month with any suggestions/tips that helped me. Onwards!
HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED ANALYSIS PARALYSIS? HOW HAVE YOU OVERCOME IT? LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS!