Assumptions seem easy to jump to, yet not so easy to set aside. Without assuming you have any more assumptions than anyone else, let me just ask you to what extent do you review your assumptions?
Rather than responding immediately, please permit me to put down a few points of possible value to the exercise.
Reviewing assumptions need not be undertaken from a position of judgement. Assumptions, at times, make life simpler and keep us safe. For example, by assuming walking in front of a bus is dangerous we save ourselves from a harmful outcome.
Reviewing assumptions could be done as part of a broader investigation into our progress to date. Seeing where our assumptions have brought us to may offer valuable input for the next stage of our journey through life.
Lastly, reviewing assumptions – as per reviewing values, beliefs and long-held opinions – ensures our current thinking is relevant to our actual way of being and overall outlook. We develop, grow, change even, and it is not written anywhere that we cannot let go of no longer valid assumptions and the like.
So, to what extent do you review your assumptions? To share your input on this issue, please leave a comment below.
Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer, CTI-trained Co-Active Coach and Freelance Trainer, supplies professional and personal development through coaching, coaching workshops, marketing development training and English language training.
As an Adjunct Professor at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, Brian teaches a postgraduate course based on dramatic texts and elements of coaching to examine various work-related performance matters.
The stage of work (2016)
Performance skills at work (2015)
Elements of theatre at work (2010)