Unfortunately, I have become an analyst. I’m analyzing everything with such depth that I’m beginning to analyze the analysis and I’m questioning the question. It’s an important mindset to be able to delve into a situation of your own or even of another and unpack it, pull it apart and figure out how it works, why it came about, the motivations, the consequences and what it all means. However, like all things in life, everything has a beneficial limit. There is always a ceiling, which when passed begins to become detrimental. Too much of a good thing isn’t necessarily a ‘better’ thing.
Everything is relative and nothing is truly comparable, which is what often makes it so hard to genuinely relate and draw accurate comparisons from one life to another. It’s hard because I want to think things through and make sure I’m making decisions based on reason not based on emotion or short term desires. However, it can be crippling to any action at all and that stagnation is the enemy of growth, any growth at all.
Rather than trying to figure out the best way to spend my next year, the greatest project to have the most impact or the most meaningful way to live my life, I’ve just got to do it. What is it? It doesn’t matter as much as the fact that you are out there going after it. It will always evolve and if your intentions are in the right place and your motivation is strong, you will guide yourself to the place you wanted to end up without even knowing it.
We can always do better but that doesn’t mean the good we are doing now isn’t enough. That’s a hard sentence for me to swallow even as I write it. I’m not sure if I believe it, but I’m trying to. Otherwise, you’ll never create anything unless it’s perfect. I guess that is the evil of comparison. It kills dreams, ideas, and projects before they even begin. Imagine how many amazing concepts would be out in the world if people had given them the chance they deserved.
So now I’m going to try and ask myself only two questions rather than crippling myself with deathly-deep, life-defining, character-crunching, hard-hitting interrogations. Any future life-decisions, travel plans, destinations or lifestyle choices will be met with just the two following questions:
Are you challenging yourself?
Are you helping somebody else?
If I cannot truthfully and wholeheartedly answer yes to one of those questions. I will need to come up with something better for my valuable time and resources on this earth. Yes, hiking summits in Switzerland may not be changing the world but it will be challenging. Doing cleanups around the world may not be eradicating single-use plastic but it will be helping somebody else. That’s all. I’ll try not to unpack it and analyze it any further. I’m going to work hard on consistently answering yes to those questions and let my drive, motivation, and intention lead me where they will.
If you would like to comment below, I’d love to hear how you deal with over-analysis and if you also ever feel that you critique and analyze everything too much. Look forward to connecting in the comments!