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It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness.
-- Confucius
 

 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Outdated assumptions

Every assumption you have is based on what you’ve experienced in the past. The world has changed since you formed your assumptions, and perhaps it is time for some of those assumptions to change, too.

Assumptions save you the time and trouble of thinking through every decision and impression. Yet there are times when it would be much better to think than to assume.

Many assumptions are so deeply ingrained that you don’t even realize you have them. Stand back, put some effort into examining your assumptions, and you’ll likely find some opportunities for improvement you never even knew you had.

If there’s something that frustrates you, there’s a good possibility that a change in your assumptions could ease that frustration. If you feel stuck, or ineffective, or unsure of what direction to go, it could be an outdated assumption that’s responsible.

Each time the sun rises, life presents you with a fresh, new day. Let it serve as a reminder of the value that can come from a fresh, new perspective.

Some assumptions can serve you well, and yet there are, right now, many assumptions holding you back. Be willing to be honest with yourself, to discard the assumptions that no longer work, and to see life in a new, empowering way.

— Ralph Marston

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