This post is part of a 14 ways to help rebuild self-confidence series. We are working our way through the letters of SELF CONFIDENCE with this week’s focus being on the O in Confidence. Previously covered are Self Compassion & Self Care, 10 Ways to Enjoy your Life, Learning, Love & Laughter, Finding your passion & your happy place, and Clear your schedule of activities that don’t serve you.
One of the advantages of getting older is the wisdom that you pick up along the way. One such wisdom that I’ve picked up along the way is this:
Don’t let being judgmental and stuck in your ways rob you of endless potential experiences and opportunities. Keep an open mind.
So what exactly does being open-minded mean?
To have an open mind is to have receptiveness to new ideas, concepts and people.
Being open-minded means being secure enough to consider new ideas is the mark of an open-minded person. It’s the willingness to consider that you might be wrong and that a new idea might be right.
How can you start to develop a more open mind?
- Meditate – it opens your mind
- Go with your natural inquisitiveness
- Challenge your thoughts. Be aware of quick judgments and conclusions.
- Learn new things always
How to be Open Minded
Adjust your perspective
- Embrace the unknown
- Don’t knock it before you try it
- Say yes instead of no
- Learn to examine every situation from multiple angles
- Think of three positive things for every negative one
- Pick up a completely new hobby
- Mix up your routine
Broadening your horizons
- Educate yourself
- Read more
- Travel as much as you can
- Learn a foreign language
- Get out of your comfort zone
- Educate yourself when you watch TV
- Eat food from a cuisine you’ve never heard of
- Have dinner with your friends family
- If your friend’s family have different political or religious opinions, take it as an opportunity for an intellectually exchange, as long as it stays friendly.
- Listen to talk radio instead of pop music
- If you desperately need your music fix, try something new!
- You can also download podcasts on a variety of topics on the iTunes or Android stores.
Being more open-minded with others
- Don’t judge a person until you know his/her story
- Ask people lots of questions
- Be friends with people from different walks of life
- Let a friend introduce you to his/her favourite hobby
- Accept more invitations
- Engage in friendly debates
- Befriend a person who you don’t think you would ever like
What are some benefits of having an open mind?
If you have an open mind:
- You free yourself from the need to always be in control of your thoughts. You allow yourself to experience new ideas and thoughts and you challenge the beliefs you currently have.
- You open up your world to a whole new range of perspectives. It also allows you a chance to change what you think and how you view the world.
- You free your mind from your own self-limiting thoughts. Being open-minded means you allow yourself to think beyond the boundaries where you normally would have stopped yourself.
- You gain self-confidence. Being open-minded leads one to get more ideas, facts, knowledge and wisdom, all of which are necessary elements to living life in a confident manner. 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. Open-mindedness helps you to learn and grow, strengthening your belief in yourself.
- You have more fun. You’re willing to try new, exciting things. You let go of whatever has held you back in the past and begin to embrace life. You experiment with different things and have more experiences.
In order to have an open mind, it would also be helpful to approach life with the attitude of beginner’s mind. I wrote a post on The Attitude of Beginner’s Mind that explains this further.
So go forth with an open mind remembering what the Dalai Lama said “The mind is like a parachute. It works best when it is open.”
Ciao for now,
Linking up with Essentially Jess for #IBOT