Assumptions

January 13th, 2014 by Jason Leave a reply »

“Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.” – Isaac Asimov

Wow, this is so true.  I experienced this so much last week as I was thrust in a collaborative training environment with over 400 people who I did not know.   It was eye-opening for me to test my categorization of people.  I noticed quite often that some of my initial judgements ( and fears and assumptions) were way off base once I spent a few minutes with them.  I also noticed this same effect with my first thoughts about a few of the exercises.  Wow, was I way off once things got started, and I was able to reflect on how much I was able to extract from them.

This is not to say that I was being harsh in my judgements or overly critical of the events.  I was making these judgements based on experience and created future assumptions of how I thought the person would be, or the event would unfold.  As we all do!  I learned the greater lesson that Asimov is talking about.  This week, let go of some of your assumptions about people, events and places and see if approaching things with a more receptive open mind ‘lets some new light in” and provides you will ways to grow and new things to do!

It reminds me of this section of the Proverbs

8 Go not forth hastily to strive, lest thou know not what to do in the end thereof, when thy neighbour hath put thee to shame. Proverbs 25:8 (KJV)

 or maybe this version is easy to think through

Don’t jump to conclusions—there may be a perfectly good explanation for what you just saw. (MSG)

 

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