#9 - Advantages of Being Open-Minded
For some people being open-minded is easy; it comes as effortlessly as breathing. For others, having an open mind can be more of a challenge, something that they have to work on and make an effort to obtain.
Now Whether or not you consider yourself to be open-minded, you can certainly see from the list below that there are great benefits to viewing life with an open mind. It’s not always an easy thing to do, believe me. I know a lot of people struggle with this, that one of the reasons why I decided to write this book. If you make a decision to be open minded and chose to entertain and embrace new ideas, I promise it will be worth it. Below are some of the reason from my research which will help illustrate the positives of being open minded…
Letting go of control – When you open your mind, you free yourself from having to be in complete control of your thoughts. You allow yourself to experience new ideas and thoughts and you challenge the beliefs you currently have. It is very liberating to look at the world through an open mind
Experiencing changes – Opening up your mind to new ideas allows you to the opportunity to change what you think and how you view the world. Now, this doesn’t mean you necessarily will change your beliefs, but you have the option to when you think with an open mind.
Making yourself vulnerable – I believe One of the scariest and greatest things about seeing the world through an open mind is making yourself vulnerable. In agreeing to have an open-minded view of the world, you’re admitting you don’t know everything and that there are possibilities you may not have considered. This vulnerability can be both terrifying and exhilarating.
Making mistakes – Making mistakes doesn’t seem like it would be much of a benefit, but it truly is. When you open your mind and allow yourself to see things from others’ perspectives, you allow yourself not only to recognize potential mistakes you’ve made but also to make new mistakes. Doesn’t sound like much fun, but it’s a great thing to fall and get back up again. Making mistakes is how we learn as human.
“A child can only learn to walk by falling.”
Strengthening yourself – Open-mindedness provides a platform on which you can build, piling one idea on top of another. With an open mind, you can learn about new things and you can use the new ideas to build on the old ideas. Everything you experience can add up, strengthening who you are and what you believe in. It’s very hard to build on experiences without an open mind.
Bullet Proof Confidence – When you live with an open mind, you have a strong sense of self. You are not confined by your own beliefs, nor are you confined by the beliefs of others. For that reason, you are able to have and gain core confidence as you learn more and more about the world around you. Open-mindedness helps you to learn and grow, strengthening your belief in yourself.
Honest – There is an honesty that comes with an open mind because being open-minded means admitting that you aren’t all-knowing. It means believing that whatever truth you find might always have more to it than you realize. This understanding creates an underlying sense of honesty that permeates the character of anyone who lives with an open mind.
Call to Action
After reading about the benefits, I strongly hope and encourage you to make a decision to be open minded and chose to entertain and embrace new ideas, I promise it will be worth it. I don’t want you to take my word for it, I would like to challenge you to 90-day open-mindedness challenge. So for the next 90 days, you will go about your day to day life with completely open minded and entertaining all new idea that comes into your life. At the end of the 90 days, you will experience the benefits and realise the power of having an open mind.