Removing our mis-blinks

Blink2In his bestselling book Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, Malcolm Gladwell explains how we all make unconscious snap decisions. Sometimes we get them right, and sometimes we get them wrong.

In a time of churning and change the world no longer works the way it used to. Reactions of anxiety, stress and fear can muddy the waters further.

Which means our ‘blink’ snap judgments are more likely to be wrong.

I call these mistaken unconscious decisions ‘mis-blinks’

There are eight common types:

  1. Value Judgments
  2. Shoulds and Expectations
  3. Making Assumptions, Jumping to Conclusions
  4. Attachment to Outcome
  5. Dependency
  6. Blinkered Thinking
  7. Blaming, Scapegoating
  8. Mistaking Feelings for Truth

In times of change it makes sense to pause and deliberately look for these mis-blinks as we take stock of our situations.


Chapter 2 of Inner Leadership is about making sense of the situations we face.

It provides two sets of tools. One draws on the power of your unconscious intuition, to solve problems that your rational mind cannot.

The other enables you to spot and remove the eight types of mis-blinks your unconscious mind can sometimes bring.

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