I recently caught myself making assumptions that almost held me back from taking some very good actions.
Luckily I caught myself doing it, so I could course correct in time.
And I felt especially happy when I realized I assumed ALL WRONG:
Someone DID sign up for one of my programs when I emailed her about it: it was exactly what she was looking for.
I assumed she wouldn’t be interested (but in reality I just felt weird to tell her I felt my program would serve her.)
Someone else wrote a wonderful testimonial for me after I asked her if I could use the compliment she wrote in a closed Facebook group.
I almost didn’t ask because I assumed it might bother her.
It didn’t bother her at all. This too played out in my own mind, because I felt awkward asking the question.
(That’s ALWAYS the REAL reason you start making assumptions, by the way: because for some reason YOU feel weird or scared about asking the question, sending the email, or taking a certain action.)
If I had listened to my assumptions instead of to my intuition, I would have missed out on a great client and a great testimonial.
I know for a fact I’m not the only one making assumptions.
You make them, too.
And it might hurt your business if you act upon them.
Are you, for example:
- Not asking for testimonials because it feels weird to ask and you assume that people will spontaneously write them if they’re happy with your work?
- Not promoting your new program enough, because you assume people will think you are salesy and email too much?
- Saying ‘yes’ to something or someone when you’d rather say ‘no’, but you assume it will lead to a conflict if you speak your mind, so you rather suck it up instead?
Be very honest with yourself:
Is there something you KNOW you want to do that you’re not doing?
Did you get the same idea a couple of times, but you’re still not acting upon it?
If so, why not?
Could it be because you ASSUME it won’t turn out right?
You can’t KNOW that, until you DO it.
You don’t KNOW what other people want, think, or feel until you ASK them flat out. (And they give you an honest answer.)
Fear hides underneath every assumption.
Whenever you get an inspired idea and you’re not acting upon it, skip making assumptions (which is basically the same as making excuses), and go straight to the core:
What are you scared of?
What are you trying to avoid?
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Be honest, so you can make a conscious decision to follow your inspiration despite your fear.
Making assumptions doesn’t help you. It holds you back and hurts your business.
Dare to listen to your intuition over your fear.
And stop thinking about what you think that other people think.
That’s their job, not yours.
Your job is to think for YOU.
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If you really want to know what other people think: ask them.
And don’t assume anything.
How about you? Do you make assumptions that keep you from taking the actions you KNOW you should take?
I’m curious; let me know in the comments below!
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