How many times have you either said yourself or someone has said to you something along the lines of “I assumed…”
As the saying goes, don’t ever assume, because it makes an Ass out of yoU and Me!
Thankfully I have a little bit more to say about this than that alone.
Assumptions are always limiting factors in people’s lives – whether it is something said or even more damaging, something not ever done or said, because of the limiting assumption placed in their mind.
I’ll give you just one example…
A more-than-capable-woman assumes that her line manager doesn’t think she is particularly good at what she does, nor has any good ideas.
Result – the more-than-capable-woman doesn’t ever say anything to her line manger of any import and moreover, probably doesn’t ever perform as well as she so easily could.
If however, someone else comes along and asks the more-than-capable-woman how true that limiting assumption is, and the woman eventually comes to the realisation that maybe it isn’t true, and that her line manager may well think she does a great job (she just never, ever tells the more-than-capable-woman this), then suddenly, something shifts in her thinking…
She hears a question for the first time and imagines a whole different world just waiting for her to enter in…
“What if you knew that your line manager thought you do a great job and have excellent ideas, what would you do differently?
What are you assuming?
More importantly, what is the liberating statement waiting for you after you’ve demolished the limiting assumption?