Lessons Learned: Trust Your Gut

Instinct - Trust Your GutThis article could cover a ton of things regarding trusting in your ‘gut’, or your instinct, but instead I’ll focus on my experiences with it lately seeing as these are my lessons learned and not every possible lesson to be learned.

I’ve been playing the hell out of my Marines lately after feeling disappointed in my Orks’ performance at an out-of-town tournament. One of the things I continually struggle with in my Marine lists is creating a list that ‘feels’ right to me and strikes a balance, though admittedly my balance is skewed towards a particular style and not an all-comers balanced list, it’s just how I operate. All-comers lists bore the hell out of me but I also don’t want to create a glass cannon or a one-trick pony either.

I’m wandering a bit here. Now, these lists I’ve tested have gone through a lot of alterations and the ones that always work the best are the ones where I’m honest with myself and don’t try to bury my head in the sand about something. As an example, Librarians. I’ve run lists without them and every time I do I regret it. I convince myself that the points I saved on not buying one, as he is my 2nd HQ, are well spent on say a Predator. I lose all that utility for a tank, great trade-off. Of course what I’ve learned is it’s not a great trade-off, not even close. I’m not here to discuss the merits of a Librarian but again, when I leave him out I pay for it and wish I took him instead of that Predator or Dreadnought. I know instinctively that having the Librarian is a far greater asset than whatever I take in his place yet occasionally I tell myself otherwise. This may sound more like list advice, making sure you have psychic defense, but it’s really about that gut feeling. That feeling you get when you’ve made a bad decision and you know it, not the rational realization of there being better choices.

Going further, the choices you make during a game, be it deployment, game strategy or tactics in general. I talked a bit about this in my article last month, I’m My Own Worst Enemy. Being mindfully aware you’re about to make a mistake but doing it anyway. Whenever I do this, make a poor choice because of some big lure, I know I’m screwing up but I ignore it and proceed. The games I do the best in are the ones where I manage to ignore that little voice telling me to do stupid things because the results ‘could’ be spectacular and instead trust my intuition.

This article probably isn’t as enlightening as I thought it would be but something I still felt compelled to mention. Next time you find yourself at a crossroad just go with that gut feeling.

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