Welcome back to the second installment of the benefits of being open-minded. In the first post on the topic, we addressed six benefits. We’ll address six more benefits of open-mindedness in this post. But, first, did you find the first six benefits to be true in your life? Why or why not? Please click here and leave a comment to let me and the other readers know.
As Paul Harvey says, “Now, for the rest of the story.” Let’s examine six more benefits of being open-minded.
7. Better lifestyle – Close-minded people envy others’ lifestyles. Open-minded people dictate what lifestyle they want and create that lifestyle. Do you have friends, acquaintances or others you’ve crossed paths with who lead a lifestyle that you would like to lead? If so, what have you done to create that lifestyle for yourself? If you haven’t done anything, then you are being close-minded.
Lifestyle is a matter of choice. I could live a very rich and luxurious lifestyle if I wanted to sacrifice my relationships. However, I choose to live my current life and be happy with how it is. I’m open-minded of new ways to enjoy my life and to ways to enrich my life in the future. I choose to live my life for what it is rather than trying to be something I’m not.
8. Become more confident – Close-minded people are cocky. Open-minded people are confident. There is a big difference. Both are attitudes. Cocky is an attitude of being better than others. Confidence is an attitude of being comfortable with oneself and his or her surroundings.
When I was younger, I was not a very confident person. I was a complete introvert and would rather be by myself than with others, except my closest friends and family. When I realized what I was missing in the world, I changed my ways. I opened up to new experienced. This gave me the confidence to be comfortable in almost any situation.
Some say confidence is a trait one is born with. I don’t believe that. I’m proof of it. To this day, I’m confident in my abilities, my relationships and my faith. It all stemmed from being open-minded.
9. Learn from past mistakes – Close-minded people blame others for their mistakes. Open-minded people admit mistakes and learn from them. Think of the glory days when you were in school. Did you ever say, “The teacher gave me a C.”? Or, did you say, “I didn’t study enough so I earned a C. I’ll study more next time and get a better grade.”?
What about at work? Are the bad things (mistakes) that happen the result of something you did or someone else? If you blame others more than yourself, you are likely close-minded. Look deeper into what happened and learn from it. Maybe you really didn’t make the mistake but could you have prevented it by working better with the other person? Be open-minded and learn from your mistakes.
10. See different perspectives – Close-minded people see four-sides to every square. Open-minded people see six: the normal four sides and an inside and outside. If you are open-minded, you will be able to take more advantages of more situations because you will see more solutions or options. Close-minded people on see the ways they know.
Great teachers come to mind when thinking about seeing different perspectives. A great teacher can remove himself from his current state and know what it’s like to be the student. He will know what will resonate with the student because he can see the lesson from his perspective. Be open-minded and you will find the silver lining and see the half-full glass.
11. Be more likeable – Close-minded people are disliked by their peers and subordinates. Open-minded people are endearing to their peers and subordinates. Why? Open-minded people are interested in what others have to say. They are willing to listen and learn. They are willing to help.
Open-minded people can criticize in a way the person being critiqued appreciates. That person will value the input even though she was being informed of something to improve. Being likable, in and of itself, is not the end-all solution. Children are likable but eventually they have to grow up. So do we. If you choose to be open to others, you will be liked.
12. Be more approachable – Close-minded people will not be asked their opinions or asked for help. Open-minded people will be in demand for their opinions and input. You’ve experienced these types of close-minded people at work and maybe even in your family. Their moods can change in an instant. They act like they are being bothered.
Open-minded people will appreciate being asked for help or input. They will encourage you because you asked for help. They will not only provide the answers you were seeking but will find other ways to make your day better. Open-minded people are approachable because they understand.
So there are six more benefits of being open-minded. The next installment will contain even more benefits. Identify one person in your life with each of these traits. You’ll find someone, at least, in your sphere of influence who will be a great example of open-mindedness. Leave a comment below to let me know who it is.