S:1072 Distinction: Know vs. Assume

(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)

 

I believe most of the problems in the world result from faulty assumptions. Each person, operating from their own frame of reference, tries to make sense of their world. From their unique perspective they add to, change, or delete what is happening around them. This becomes their reality. With that as a base they make many assumptions.

In general, there is nothing wrong with assumptions. Assumptions are shortcuts and provide efficiency. No need to rethink every little detail as you go through your day. The trouble is not with assumptions per se, it’s with the ones which are incorrect.

When you know something, you’ve checked out the data, the details, the facts. You are operating from a level which is beyond a wish, hope, opinion, or that which was true sometime in the past but is no longer. Simply put, you know.

Politics, spirituality, relationships, marketing, profits, foods, recreation, retirement – indeed every area of a life well lived has opportunities for assumptions which may be incorrect.

If you want a great life and something is important, make sure you know.

 

Coaching Point: Everybody has been bitten by a faulty assumption. Can you remember a time when you assumed something, then paused to check it out – to know – and had a much better outcome?

 

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