Are you someone who is predisposed to a certain opinion or way of doing things?
The Oxford dictionary defines the word as “someone liable or inclined to a specific attitude, action or condition.”
Do you see yourself in that definition?
I know for a fact that I have some built-in predispositions on a wide variety of subjects. For example:
I can’t stand the Toronto Maple Leafs. They could be the only Canadian team left in the playoffs (unlikely to happen) and I still would not cheer for them!
I realize that my example is a trivial one but it serves a purpose.
Why Being Predisposed Can Be An Issue
Earlier this week, it was announced that the P5+1 Nations (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States; plus Germany) came to an agreement with Iran with regard to its nuclear program.
From the moment it was announced, it was clear that people were reacting to the deal exactly the way one would assume they would. It was as if they were reading a script.
The people who believed the P5+1 should never have engaged in talks with Iran immediately criticized the deal and rattled-off a series of well rehearsed arguments. The same was true for proponents of the deal.
Being predisposed to a particular opinion or way of thinking usually gets us in trouble. When we perceive someone to be inclined to a specific attitude it’s easy to dismiss what they’ll say because we profess to “know how they’ll react.” The same is true for us – if we let our own predispositions get in the way, it prevents us from being open to new information or possibilities.
In life and in business, it’s important have an open mind and an open heart. This doesn’t mean we need to give up our values, opinions or way of thinking. It simply means that we need to be open to having a more meaningful conversation – one that is free of any predispositions.
I once heard someone say the following …
Something to think about as we move forward.