Often when we jump to conclusions, we are assuming that our fears are actually true rather than what is actually proven to be true.
Usually, we jump to conclusions to save ourselves time and emotion of finding out the truth. Sometimes, we try to shortcut the process of ascertaining the truth by basing on prior experiences. Many times, our assumptions are off base.
When you catch yourself jumping to conclusions, take a step back and ask yourself why are you jumping to conclusions: Are you trying to save yourself some time? Are you afraid of something?
Look for what you know to be proven truth and what you aren’t sure about. “I know this is true, but I’m not so sure about this part.” Or, “I think, or sense, that this is the case, but I can’t say for absolute certain that it is.” “What else might be going on here?” And then set out to fill in the gaps of what is actually the truth about the matter.
Even when you think you know based on past experience, it is still worthwhile to ask yourself, “How do I know this? What proof do I have? What else do I need to find out before I know the full story?”
Unless you’re actually in immediate danger of something, allow yourself to be curious and to take the time to investigate further.