SLOW LOGIC/FAST LOGIC (1, 2, 3, 4, 5…decide!)

Slow logic is taught throughout our educational system: Go from A to B to C to D – all the way to Z, and then decide. Seems reasonable, even smart. But all of us also have a well-flexed internal ability that I call fast logic, which suggests we have the capacity to go from A to M to Z. This doesn’t mean we skip over all intermediate thoughts; it means we can actually fire neurons and process many beliefs (and sequences of beliefs) in a millisecond (1000th of a second) and therefore be able to draw conclusions just about instantaneously. In effect, we CAN come to know some things in seconds (or even a millisecond).

But acknowledging conclusions like these and acting upon them quickly requires self-trust. Have you ever thought, “Don’t get involved with this person”? Or “It’s time to find another job”? Or “I can do this even though others think I can’t”? Often we doubt or dismiss such lightening-quick insights because they come so fast. At those times, we tend to go back to slow logic – back and forth, back and forth, reviewing every segment of our thinking (A to B to C to D to E) before taking action on what we had initially realized immediately. We’re far more capable than we are willing to recognize, and the speed of our logic reflects our ability to trust ourselves, not our ability (or inability) to think effectively.