Keeping an Open Mind

To have an open mind means to be willing to consider or receive new and different ideas. It means being flexible and adaptive to new experiences and ideas.

We live in a world that is constantly changing and in order to keep up, we must be open to new experiences and new ways of looking at things.  But keeping an open mind is one of the most difficult things to practice.

People who are open-minded are willing to change their views when presented with new facts and evidence. It means you are open to everyone and everything that comes your way, allowing yourself to embrace different possibilities, opportunities, people, views, suggestions, and interests. Those who are not, and are resistant to change and will find life less rewarding and satisfying, not to mention dull. If we limit ourselves to what we knew and were more comfortable with in the past, we will become more and more frustrated. You need to be unprejudiced, without stubbornness and flexible at all times.

I try to practice this in every situation and it makes life a hell of a lot easier and less complicated. Better yet it is fun to practice. Trying to understand someone’s point of view, even when you disagree or don’t like the person very much, can change and free your mind in a way you would have never expected.

I don’t claim to master this skill, but I do see great improvement and it makes me feel powerful having the ability to change my way of thinking and not to get stuck in a mindset that makes me frustrated, angry or helpless.

Keeping an open mind is one of the best tools I use in simplifying my life. It doesn’t mean I believe or accept everything, but I do listen, observe and try to comprehend every situation on my path. It has saved me and helped me many times.

Here are several ways to keep an open mind and how to benefit:

Experience Changes
When you have an open mind you allow yourself to attract opportunities and you insist on following up on opportunities – no matter how trivial they seem. Keeping an open mind means that you are open to all possibilities. This means that you don’t say – “Oh that’s not for me. There can’t be anything good in that.” Or “Why would I want to do that? That’s not what I was looking for.” Or “I won’t even consider that.” Hey – let’s remember one important factor – you don’t know everything – and you don’t always know what will or won’t work out for you. If you never try something you’ll never know whether you like it or if it will work out for you.

Now I’m not talking about trying everything under the sun – but when you work with the power of your mind – you begin to attract new opportunities. On the surface, some of these opportunities may not seem like what you want but the only way to truly find out is to take a closer look and examine them.

Being Honest
There is an honesty that comes with an open mind because being open-minded means admitting that you aren’t all-knowing.  There are times you might be convinced that you are 100 percent right and someone else is not. Keep an open mind that you might be wrong after all even if you think you are not. You might have overlooked something, you might not know all the details and life is not always black or white.

Hear Differing Opinions 
Try to understand, sympathize and make sense of someone else’s story, opinion or response. Learn to see things from his or her point of view. Keep in mind the upbringing and life circumstances of the other person. What would you say or think and how would you react if you were in the other person’s shoe. You don’t always need an answer or a solution, but it will help you to find peace with yourself and the other person.

Knowledge
Be open to all information. Be interested in new, old, odd, unobvious insights. Read different books, magazines, anything you can get your hands on.  Just don’t limit yourself. Avoid speculationGo out and live the experience before you form opinions about something. Rather than blindly believing what someone else says, learn to try new things. Don’t base your opinion on someone else’s judgment.

Be blank, open, unprejudiced to everything you read. At the same time, you don’t need to be naive or believe everything. Just be interested, observe different angles, learn from it and leave it open for discussion. Never think you know, because you don’t. The moment you think you know something for sure you are limiting yourself.

Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone
Allow yourself to experience new ideas and thoughts and new ways of challenging yourself. Step out of your comfort zone. Discover and try different. Expand your horizon. Go to new places try new things. You will never know what beautiful things are hidden around the corner that can change and upgrade your life.

Relationships
We are all different human beings even if we think we have met our soul mates. In a relationship disagreements are inevitable, but the key is how you go about it. There is no use in letting your ego speak in the middle of a ‘verbal’ fight. It simply doesn’t work. Be calm and don’t be tempted to argue. Sometimes silence is golden. Save healthy discussion for a time when you are both in quiet and peaceful waters.

Always consider the emotional state of being of your partner.  your partner might be tired, frustrated, stressed out or helpless. So Give each other the room to breathe.  Be patient.  Don’t expect.  Be lighthearted and easygoing.

For some, 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. Whether or not you consider yourself to be open-minded, you can certainly see from the list above that there are great benefits to viewing life with an open mind. It’s not always an easy thing to do “believe me, most people struggle with this”, but the effort to think openly and embrace new ideas will be worth it when you’re able to take part to discover the beauty and power of keeping an open mind. It will change and make life easier and more interesting!

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