Have you ever been in a situation where you felt the need to give your opinion, but you had that gut feeling you really didn’t know all the facts aka receipts?
Why You Shouldn’t Try To Address Every Situation
Well unless the situation is life-threatening, you might want to really consider what impact your opinion might have on the current situation before giving one.
Some of us are opinionated by nature – it’s a common characteristic trait. However, not every situation warrants an opinion. While it can be very hard not to say what you think, understand you shouldn’t try to address every situation. Some situations only require listening ears and observant eyes and not an opinion.
What If You Still Want To Say Something?
If you are opinionated sometimes somethings just “grind your gears” and it becomes really difficult not to address it. However, over the years I have learned sometimes someone’s opinion can do more harm than good.
However, if you must address the situation think before you say anything. Instead, use some time to carefully evaluate how your opinion will impact the situation given all the factors involved.
Secondly, consider whether your opinion is even necessary, will it cause harm, in fact, is it even sincere, will it be useful and mainly do you have all the facts about the situation.
Asking yourself these questions is necessary since in some situations people do what they want to do regardless of your personal opinion. Also, once you voice your opinion there are no take backs.
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Here Are A Few Other Factors To Consider Before Trying To Address Any Situation
Giving opinions is tricky because as much as we believe we have all the facts aka receipts, we rarely do. Therefore, consider these factors:
Firstly, Our Background Influences Our Decisions
Consequently, most people above the age of 18 have developed the mental capacity required to make rational decisions. However, making the right decision varies from individual to individual. Therefore, what might be right based on one individual’s values and the current situation might not necessarily be the right decision for another individual.
If you’ve heard people say, “If it was me I would have done things differently.” Well, guess what they might actually be right because people are different and a person’s reactions are heavily influenced by various factors based on the person’s background.
So one will rarely find two individuals with the exact reaction to the same situation. Someone’s background highly influences the type of decisions they make and how they react to different situations. Hence, here’s why you shouldn’t try to force your way of thinking into other people’s situations.
Be Silent And Be Still Because You Probably Don’t Have All The Facts AKA Receipts
If you ever had someone say to you, “you didn’t understand,” after you gave your opinion well chances are you really didn’t. Unless you are that person you are not really privy to all the facts pertaining to their life.
Therefore often you can’t possibly fully understand why someone would make one decision and not another. That’s one of the main reasons sometimes you must be silent and be still since you will rarely have all the information.
The best you can do is support and offer solutions only if they ask you.