Assume Nothing: Challenge your Assumptions!

“Leaders are not born; they are made” might be one of the most common sentences that we all have been hearing these days. Everyone wants to make some new change in the world. Some take it in terms of financial affairs, businesses, and stuff. Some take it in terms of politics, while some start considering it in terms of social and community services. All of these things apart, there is still some kind of hindrance whenever anyone of you tries to get things done.

1. Hindrances in Getting Things Done

This hindrance is what actually are your assumptions. People are out there assuming different kinds of scenarios that if I do this, that would happen and so on, making it really hard for them to take any kind of action.

This can get them in a kind of turmoil, and trust me, dear fellows, this won’t end well if it goes on. Having assumptions, you are never going to be able to groom your personality or tame your spirit in any way. Challenge your assumptions, take hard steps.

2. Proper Planning is the Key to Success

There is no way that people went from scratch to hardtop just on the fact that they had assumptions or made plans. They challenged their assumptions and took risks with proper planning, and they are there now, as you can see.

3. Foresightedness and Calculation of Risks

A leader is someone ready to take calculated risks and get his work done. He is one of those people who know really well how to deal with various kinds of circumstances. The circumstances where they challenge their assumptions and get things done.

They take purely calculated risks with no chances of failure. They plan as much as they can, considering all the failure points and hurdles they are going to face.

  1. Whenever you are ready to do something new and are ready to take calculated risks, you should start considering the what-if questions.
  2. The what-if questions are actually the real answer to each and every problem.
  3. Imagine trying to run a new business, and you ask yourself this question that what if this does not go the way it was planned.
  4. Now, this is something that you might find really crucial however this question is really necessary. This question can really help you in desperate times and even prepare you for the worst.

4. Analyzing the Situation

While discussing all this, we cannot deny the part that calculated assumptions really need to be taken into accord, and this cannot be done without the critical analysis of the situation. The critical analysis of anything can be done by keeping a few things in mind, like what are your standings and what are you going to search for out there. What is it that you really need, and this is what helps you decide?

Having assumptions is a great thing; however, not moving forward is something that has to be denied. Try being strong and act wisely. Challenge your assumptions. Make your way through the hurdles and be the leader that you actually desire to be.

Final Thoughts

It’s human nature to default to assumptions and conclusions. But assumptions are dangerous because they blind us to the fact that our perceptions are shaped by our own experiences. Assumptions can also limit our creativity. Suppose you’re trying to solve a math problem and have reached a dead end. You assume there must be a solution and look no further. But what if there isn’t?

The world (and most businesses) function on assumptions. Some are benign, like “We’ll get to work on time today because almost everyone always does” or “The weather is going to cooperate because the weather usually cooperates.” But others, like “Our new product will be a success,” and “This customer is going to pay us on time,” are dangerous assumptions.

It’s important to challenge, question, and question your assumptions, especially in situations where the stakes are high.

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