[found this printed email from a dear friend while spring cleaning the room recently…wish I had a soft copy, so that I wouldn’t have to re-type. But that’s the joy of sharing right?] 🙂
Here’s sharing 2 habits for the week over the next 5 weeks.
1. Stop jumping to conclusions
There are 2 common ways this habit increases people’s difficulties. First, they assume that they know what is going to happen so they stop paying attention and act on their assumption instead. Human beings are lousy fortune-tellers. Most of what they assume is wrong. That makes the action wrong too. The 2nd aspect of this habit is playing the mind-reader and assuming you know why people do what they do or what they’re thinking. Wrong again, BIG TIME. More relationships are destroyed by this particular kind of stupidity than by any other. Ask yourself how many potential opportunities were missed because of bad assumptions.
2. Don’t dramatize
Lots of people inflate small setbacks into life-threatening catastrophes and react accordingly. This habit makes mountains out of molehills and gives people anxieties that either don’t exist or are so insignificant they aren’t worth worry about anyway. Why do they do it? Who knows? Maybe to make themselves feel and seem more important. Whatever the reason, it’s silly as well as destructive.