I have to admit, and this is my personal experience as well that change is one of the most feared thing after death.

“If you want to make a permanent change, stop focusing on the size of your problems and start focusing on the size of you!” – T. Harv Eker

People like the balance and the regularity in their life, therefore changes are often considered as something negative. However changes are never bad, because by changing and challenging the existing we have a very good position to improve our skills and our business.

I would like to highlight that you can not achieve anything without contrast and fear, but what is fear? T. Harv Eker wrote once that:

FEAR = False Evidence Appearing Real.

The thing is that people who are unable to decide and go for the positive changes often fall into the side effect of fear, which is analysis paralysis.

In 2005 Malcolm Gladwell published a book called “Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking“. It presents in popular science format research from psychology and behavioral economics on the adaptive unconscious; mental processes that work rapidly and automatically from relatively little information. It considers both the strengths of the adaptive unconscious, for example in expert judgment, and its pitfalls such as stereotypes.

The author describes the main subject of his book as “thin-slicing“: our ability to gauge what is really important from a very narrow period of experience. In other words, this is an idea that spontaneous decisions are often as good as —or even better than— carefully planned and considered ones. Gladwell draws on examples from science, advertising, sales, medicine, and popular music to reinforce his ideas. Gladwell also uses many examples of regular people’s experiences with “thin-slicing“.

Gladwell explains how an expert’s ability to “thin slice” can be corrupted by their likes and dislikes, prejudices and stereotypes (even unconscious ones), and how they can be overloaded by too much information.

We do that by “thin-slicing“, using limited information to come to our conclusion. In what Gladwell contends is an age of information overload, he finds that experts often make better decisions with snap judgments than they do with volumes of analysis.

Gladwell gives a wide range of examples of thin-slicing. He also mentions that sometimes having too much information can interfere with the accuracy of a judgment, or a doctor’s diagnosis.

“Analysis paralysis: sometimes having too much information can interfere with the accuracy of a judgment.” – Malcolm Gladwell

This is commonly called “Analysis paralysis“. The challenge is to sift through and focus on only the most critical information to make a decision. The other information may be irrelevant and confusing to the decision maker. Collecting more and more information, in most cases, just reinforces our judgment but does not help to make it more accurate.

The collection of information is commonly interpreted as confirming a person’s initial belief or bias. Gladwell explains that better judgments can be executed from simplicity and frugality of information, rather than the more common belief that greater information about a patient is proportional to an improved diagnosis. If the big picture is clear enough to decide, then decide from the big picture without using a magnifying glass.

The conclusion is that if you feel that something could improve your qualities, go for it immediately before someone else will utilize it. Be a leader and do not make the mistake to fall into the follower category, simply just because you can not see the material way. Our inside always guide us to the right way.

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