If you occasionally feel challenged by the views of friends and family, you know how frustrating it can feel to realise that you have no control over their thoughts or responses. The good news is that you can always change your own perspectives.
If you can train yourself to keep an open mind, you’ll find that new opportunities in your life open up as well. Ensuring that your perspective is open to all possibilities will bring a myriad of good things your way – a whole new world of thoughts, experiences, and adventures.
Consider these advantages of entertaining all your options:
- Gain new experiences. Although your instincts may guide you to stick to the familiar, why not try something new instead? Adaptation is one of the hallmarks of the human race. You never know what kind of possibilities will present themselves when you open your mind and try something new, like walking in someone else’s shoes.
- Expect the best and you’ll often receive it. When you open your mind, you’ll see your best results when you have great expectations as well. Even though it might be difficult, at first, to incorporate new ideas into your life, persistence has its rewards. Keep your mind open to the idea that something great could come your way, just because you kept at something that was difficult.
- Meet more people and make new friends. When you open your mind to others’ perspectives, you get to truly know them. People like it when you take an honest interest in them! Discover the joys of having meaningful conversations instead of shallow chit-chat.
We’ve all met people who don’t seem particularly interested in making our acquaintance, or in getting to know anyone else. Maybe you’re like this sometimes. Do you see yourself as too busy to take the time to truly get to know people?
- Bring more adventure into your life. Life becomes more exciting when you cultivate an open and accepting mind. Instead of the same old routines day after day, opening your mind will enable you to embrace life fully and “go for the gusto.” When you can suspend your judgement of new ideas, each day can bring you a new adventure.
Opening up your mind and considering all your options makes the world a pretty fascinating place. New sights, sounds, thrills, and even spills can lead you to discover new passions in life that re-invigorate you like nothing ever has before!
Over the years, you may have become quite set in your ways. You found what you like and you’re sticking to it. But is this interfering with the flow of joy into your life?
Maybe you limit the scope of activities and the people you hang out with. If you make an effort to open your mind to the advantages of meeting new people and trying new things, you reintroduce the unknown into your life. While this can feel a little scary at first, it certainly gives you more options! Make the most of your life by working on open-mindedness today.
Professional Clinical Hypnotherapist and Counsellor