Given the way I process the world, nothing is ever really nailed down in my mind, there is just what I believe to be the case at the current time. I can change my mind sometimes without even realizing it. I try to qualify my opinions and ideas in discussions at work, because over the years I have learned that I have a way of unintentionally convincing people of things. Even when I try to qualify something by saying "this is my current best guess and subject to change" it apparently isn't coming across.
What I find is that very frequently, some idea or theory that I floated has been latched onto without me even realizing it. In the meantime I have gotten new information and changed my mind and it turns out that I have sold an idea that I don't even really believe myself anymore. It is incredibly frustrating. I realize that I must be coming off as more passionate and sure of things than what I intend. Part of the problem is that I *do* have good ideas and people know it and they start to trust me, but what they don't understand is I have ideas coming at me constantly and sometimes I share a bad one. It must sound like a good one at the time because I do a good job of laying out how I came to that idea.
Just in typing this out right now I think I might realize one of the problems! When I lay out my thought process, I do it so that other people can help me figure out where I might have gone wrong, but I think other people are seeing my thought process as evidence that I am right! Like the way I reached the conclusion isn't being examined except as a sales pitch almost. They think my thought process sounds good so I must be right and they run with it.
Maybe I am onto something here!