We label things based on our previous experiences. That’s why we can both look at something and have very different interpretations of it. But when you hear a proposal and it sounds like something you have done before and did not have a very good experience with, don’t label your previous experience as “bad.” Because when you do that, you will stop listening.
Instead, ask “what did I learn from the previous experience?” When you do this, there is no label of good and bad. There is only learning. And with learnings, you can improve. Good or bad.
What will you learn if you listen?