I was having a conversation with a close friend this week. He was telling me about having missed the deadline to pay a traffic ticket. When I asked him if he had called to see if there was some type of payment arrangement that could be made, he responded that he had not because he assumed that there was nothing that could be done.
There are so many examples of assumption and avoiding assumption is a daily opportunity for all of us!
Assumptions are really limiting beliefs in disguise.
Some definitions of the word assumption are as follows:
- something taken for granted; a supposition
- the act of taking to or upon oneself
- the act of taking possession of something
- arrogance; presumption
- the taking over of another’s debts or obligations
When we make assumptions, we are usually using past experiences to make an “educated guess” about a given situation. We generally fall into the trap of making assumptions when we lack the courage to clarify the situation, or when we are being downright lazy. It often appears to be much easier to assume than it is to ask, therefore replacing the need to communicate. However, asking and clarifying are the anecdotes to assumption.
How is assumption holding you back in your business or personal life? Are you assuming that something just can’t be done or making assumptions about others’ opinions or actions?
- Don’t be afraid to ask!
- Listen attentively
- Clarify by asking questions
- Come from a place of integrity and allow others to do the same
- Be open to learn and receive new information