We often burden ourselves to know what someone else is thinking and feeling.
We project our past experiences on the person in front of us and assume we know how they might respond, what they might think, and how they might behave.
When we try to predict and assume, we don't give ourselves the opportunity to respond in new ways, to have a different interaction with them, and to learn something new about the person in front of us.
Next time you start assuming how a specific conversation will go or what someone might be thinking, challenge yourself to be open minded and curious.
Give both of you the opportunity to show up as people you are now by asking more and assuming less!