Paralysis by Action

We’ve all heard it or seen it. The analyzer that needs to run just one more test, develop one more contingency plan before doing anything.  They get so mired in the details that they hesitate to take action.

What about Paralysis through Action? Seems impossible, right? If I’m doing, how can I be paralyzed?

I was talking to an entrepreneur about his decision-making style and it was clear that he was highly practical. The highly extrinsic, or practical, is always concerned with doing. They might just ship a bunch of material to a jobsite and begin working on a house without even a set of blueprints. This entrepreneur owns four businesses – one of them in India – and is constantly involved in his teams’ projects and tasks. He’s doing a lot, so he should be highly successful. But is he?

Yes, he makes money. Yes, he has four businesses that are productive. Through our discussion, he realized that while he knew he was moving fast down the highway, he really didn’t have a clear picture of where he wanted to go. He likened it to going to Rockford from Chicago and taking side trips to Schaumburg, Naperville, De Kalb, etc. He might NEVER get to Rockford!

This is what I mean by “Paralysis by Action.”

What do you think? Do you think it can really happen? Any examples?  I’d love to hear them.

Dr Surya M Ganduri, PhD. PMP. is the Founder & President of eMBC, Inc., an international firm specializing in strategic and executive leadership development processes that Help People Succeed in an Evolving World. Dr Surya has over 28 years of business experience in management consulting, leadership development, executive coaching, process improvements, organizational development and youth leadership. For more information visit or contact eMBC, Inc., directly at (630) 445-1321.

About Dr. Surya

Using Quantum Physics and business research, Dr. Surya explores the correlation between the science of consciousness and patterns in the business world, to suggest innovative ways of using this wisdom to lead and succeed in a business environment that is constantly evolving at a rapid pace. Self-awareness is the awareness of the self as separate from the thoughts that are occurring at any point in time. Without self-awareness the self perceives and believes the thoughts that are occurring to be who the self is. Self-awareness gives one the option or choice to choose thoughts being thought rather than simply thinking the thoughts that are stimulated from the accumulative events leading up to the circumstances of the moment. Along with his work as an Author, Writer, Blogger and popular Internet Radio Talk Show Host, Dr. Surya is in-demand as a public speaker. Clients include small to large corporations and individuals.
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