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Assumptions versus Perspectives

John Williams
January 4, 2023

Recently, I’ve been grappling with understanding the subtle differences between an assumption and a perspective. As life coaching tools, they seem to overlap significantly in practice, leading to some confusion on my part.

Both assumptions and perspectives can shape our actions in profound ways. For example, if someone assumes “Chemistry is going to be too hard,” they’re likely to approach the subject with dread and hesitation, potentially leading to a self-defeating outcome. Similarly, adopting a negative perspective, or having a ‘bad attitude’, can result in lackluster efforts and poor results.

The key similarity here is that both an assumption and a negative perspective can lead to actions that are not conducive to success. But the burning questions remain: What’s the practical difference between an assumption and a perspective? And does making a distinction between them really matter?

Thanks to a thought-provoking interaction, I’ve realized that I was viewing assumptions and perspectives as verbs—actions taken in the moment. However, when considered as nouns, the distinctions become clearer. An assumption is something accepted as true, a pre-held belief that may or may not be based on fact. A perspective, on the other hand, is an attitude or viewpoint from which one sees and interprets the world.

This nuanced understanding highlights that an assumption is about the ‘object’—the thing believed—while a perspective is about the ‘lens’ through which the object is viewed.

This leads me to a reflective question that I’d like to explore further, both personally and in future coaching sessions: Which is more critical for creating sustainable, effective action—questioning assumptions or managing perspectives?

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