The statement that being open-minded could change your life, one could deduce that being close-minded won’t change your life. But that just isn’t true. If you close your mind to opportunities that are being presented in various ways to you, it still can change your life – but not in the good way that you should hope for.
Being close-minded about things doesn’t mean you are negative either. Sometimes when we have a end goal in sight all laid out with steps on how to get there, we can get too rigid with that pathway. This rigid path we design may close us off from seeing that changing with the flow may actually get us there faster or more effectively – but we are too focussed on our set plan to see the opportunity that could potentially unfold. Perfectionist focus closes the door on opportunities that may change how we get where we want to go.
Sometimes being open-minded can be scary – can be seen as risky. If we are open to change and opportunity that may present itself then we must open ourselves up to the risk that comes with this. We find ourselves second guessing ourselves and our potential and in fear step back from what could have being wonderful because it seems like too much of a risk. In these scenarios it makes us feel like we are open-minded when really we are too scared to be that way.
How to be open-minded:
♥ SEE OPPORTUNITY: The first step is being open to the opportunity and acknowledging when it comes to you in the first place – this is the key to becoming open-minded. Know enough about what you want that when a different pathway presents itself to you, you will be able to see the benefits of the opportunity and acknowledge how it can change things.
♥ BE FLEXIBLE: An open mindset takes a great deal of flexibility. There is no longer a need for perfection on the exact path you have mapped out for every area of your life. There is room to grow, change and flex the foundation plans you have in place.
♥ OVERCOME FEAR: While it is impossible to banish fear altogether – whether you like it or not things that go against what you know, things that are different will always present that knot in your stomach, that inducement of self-doubt. However, looking fear in the face and doing something anyway can often bring great reward. If you see the opportunity as good and analyse the risk as worth it, then overcoming the fear is the last step to realising how it can change your life.
♥ STAY OPEN: Nothing in this life is absolute. Everyone is on a different path in life and no matter where you decide you want to go – there is potentially thousands of people who have done it before and each taken completely different paths to get there. If you stay open-minded you may just find that your life changes for the better. You will begin to see opportunities that may seem left of field but are exactly the thing that will be the difference between getting where you want to be and staying on a merry-go-round of never-changing circumstance.