Day 54: Analysis Paralysis & Why You’re Going No Where

While you’re out with someone, have you ever tried to figure out where you should go eat? You end up bickering for awhile; you both try to be modest; but in the end, neither of you really knows where you want eat. You just end up picking the first thing you drive past, and then your night proceeds. The worst place to be at as a beginner or a professional is at a point when you have to many choices to choose from that you end up making no choice at all; analysis paralysis.

This paralysis can hit us in any field of work at anytime, as long as we let it. A lot of us are still flipping the coin, or bickering with others over mundane things that are actually keeping us from making more important or creative decisions. Instead of arguing about what camera to buy, just pick one, and learn how to use it. The key is to move forward, and analysis paralysis effectively keeps us stagnant, allowing no room for growth or exploration.

Camera Paralysis

So now I had a choice to make. I have two friends who are both professional videographers; one of them suggests a GH4, and the other suggests a Canon 6D; my luck. It’s super easy when everyone’s saying the same thing, but when the people you trust start saying contrary things to one another, it can get difficult, and mentally taxing. Analysis paralysis.

I started to research. The new Panasonic GH4 has a lot of hype built around it (4k, raw video, higher frame rates etc.), but it’s a crop sensor, so the low light performance isn’t amazing. The full frame Canon 6D only shoots 1080p, has limited frame rates, and is all around bigger and bulkier (including the lenses). However, the Canon 6D beats out the GH4 in low light performance. Both shoot amazing video, but for what I need I’d rather have the ability to shoot in more dimly lit places for events, weddings, and night photography, then the ability to shoot 4k. If you’re someone that might be shooting a lot of interviews and appreciates the crop-ability of 4k, then your choice might have been different than mine. So I made my decision. I’m happy with the decision I made, and more importantly I’m happy that I made a decision.

Making A Choice

Now you’re probably wondering how do you choose? Is it as simple as just making a choice? It is as simple as making a choice, but forced choices are usually only made under pressure. Before I left for Whistler on the weekend, I really wanted to have my new camera along with me. That left me with a day and a half to figure out what I wanted, and how I was going to pay for it. If I hadn’t gone up to Whistler, I highly doubt I’d have my new camera right now, along with all my affairs in order so I could actually pay for it.

If you’re at the point where you can’t make a decision but you want to make a decision, it’s probably because you’re not actually in a place where you need to make a decision. Wanting to make one, and needing to make one are two different things. If you truly want to move forward in an area of your life then I’d consider placing yourself into a situation where you have to make a decision. For me, it was taking on some new work in wedding videography. What could you commit yourself to, so as to move from a place of paralysis into action?

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