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Good Instincts

“Good instincts tell you what to do long before your head has figured it out.” — Michael Burke

People want reasons or explanations for your decisions, behavior, opinions, and judgments. They want to know “why” along with knowing “what.” They need to make sense of things and look to you for reasons and explanations. The problem is that you frequently struggle with providing adequate, accurate responses to the questions and concerns. Often, those decisions, behavior, opinions, and judgments were primarily based on intuitive insights and processes. This means that you don’t actually know “why.” The best you can do at times is, “It felt right,” or “It seemed like a good idea at the time.” If pressed, you “construct” a reason or explanation; but it’s definitely post hoc and likely does not account for the “what” of the event or circumstance. A much more accurate response would be, “I just went with my hunch,” although people are seldom satisfied with that as the reason or explanation.

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