Don’t Just Jump To Conclusions, Give Yourself Time To Think
So many times we get an idea or conclusion stuck in our head that we believe it to be true without even giving the information time to settle. So many times I myself have jumped to conclusion so far that I nearly ended a friendship and made a complete fool of myself. Well actually I have done that before without the nearly part. I just wanted to take the time to share a little bit of information on this topic in hopes we can all grow together.
Basically we jump to conclusions because we need some closure now and lack the awareness to make the correct call. In a desperate attempt to solve whatever issue we have, we jump to conclusions. Some of us have intertwined this behavior right into or personalities and have found it to be habit forming and an everyday occurrence. The behavior itself isn’t really bad, but in some cases could lead to be circumstances and the effects that reflect negatively on your life. It can also cause you a lot of distress between other involved people.
How Can I Get Rid Of This Behavior?
This is one of the easier behaviors to eliminate. The hardest part is probably identifying the thoughts before they get out of hand. If you feel yourself starting to make quick and rash assumptions about anything, stop yourself and say “is this valid?” Even if you answer yes stop and say “did I make this assumption to fast?” The key here is you want to be certain that whatever conclusive thought you have is valid and has had ample time to be thought about. Once you identify a thought that has been reached in haste and hasn’t got enough valid information to back it up, then you need solve the issue in another way. Below are some examples of things you can do to help undo the conclusive thought and validate it’s credibility.
- Walk away and come back later
- Bring in another person to help you look at your situation from a different angle ( this could be a friend, co-worker, family member, spouse, or any other person you wouldn’t mind sharing your information with)
- Try to approach the situation from other angles yourself (think outside the box)
- Eliminate any doubts with hard facts
- Write it down and try to solve it on paper
- Walk away and come back later (I put this on here twice because this is the most effective way to avoid making a rash decision)
The important thing for you to take away from this is learn to identify rash decisions and take the action necessary to make them a more logical and reasonable one. Do this and you will be one more step ahead on your personal development. Good Luck!