Something I wish I could do better at|
Something I want to get good at is clearly distinguishing both to others and myself when what I'm saying is something I'm not certain of.
Too often I find myself expressing my opinion or thoughts on something when in reality I haven't put much more thought into what I'm saying than simply blurting out something that occurred shortly before I said it. I haven't yet gone through a rigorous analysis of how likely I am to be correct in what I'm saying; it just sounds about right when I say it. Since it seems to convey my basic thoughts on the matter I don't bother to properly qualify my certainty of what I'm saying and often end up regretting it later. Not because I'm often called upon it, more because I later find that opinion to be far too primitive for my own tastes after having thought about it a bit more.
Generally I do try to be careful to have a good basis for my opinions, but those times where I give off-the cuff remarks on subjects too often leave me wishing I'd at very least qualified what I'd said. I feel it undermines the integrity of anything I say in general if I fail to distinguish between those things I say which I am certain of and those which are just a snap judgement. Also, it's lazy to fool myself into thinking I've put enough thought into a subject to have a respectable opinion unless I really have put that thought into it. Perhaps it would also prevent me degenerating what I'm saying into a rant as I try to find a good way to put something I haven't really understood fully myself.
Obligatory disclaimer: though I often feel uncomfortable with my expression of opinions for some reason which may or may not have anything to do with what I'm writing here, this particular articulation of it only occurred to me a few minutes ago. But now that I've qualified it, perhaps I won't later feel stupid for having said it without thinking hard first. Maybe.