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Monday Motivation: Stop Making Negative Assumptions

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Being the new associate can be very stressful, you want to make a good impression with your work and knowledge, you want to be liked, respected, and get the opportunity to prove your worth. Sometimes however, that stress can make you jump to negative assumptions about other people’s motivations or intentions. To avoid these negative assumptions follow these tips:

Reserve Judgment
  1. Reserve judgment. Sometimes people jump to negative assumptions because they want to quickly understand a situation. Instead of, to making snap judgments, try to sleep on it for a couple of days. Take a “wait and see” stance until you can make a judgment based on a pattern of behavior and more information.
  2. Ask questions. Making negative assumptions about why something happened or why someone said/did something is a lot easier than asking the scary questions. The next time you’re tempted to jump to a negative assumption, take the time to ask questions even if you feel nervous about it. For instance, you can ask, “What did you mean by that?” or “Why did you do that?”  There’s nothing wrong with asking questions even when you’re afraid that your assumptions are correct.
  3. Try to see the good in people. Before you jump to negative assumptions about anyone, remind yourself that most people aren’t pure evil. They may simply be trying to meet their needs but in doing so they perhaps ruffled a few feathers, including yours.  Try not to take it too personally and be prepared to see the positive of the situation and person even if they’ve put you on edge or offended you.
Negative Assumptions

The fewer negative assumptions you make, they fewer conflicts you will experience at the new job. Also, people are watching. How you react even in uncomfortable situations shows your character and how you handle tough situations. We are not saying be a doormat either but keep it cool. Subscribe to the Leopard Blog for discussions on diversity, law firm insights, and other relevant topics.

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