It is important to have an open-mind. To be open-minded means: to be willing to consider new ideas; unprejudiced.
Without having an open mind, you won’t be unable to understand the perspectives of others who have differing opinions. Because of this, many people find it difficult to challenge the beliefs and behaviors that they have been raised with. Having an open mind allows you to experience new ideas and thoughts.
When you have a closed mind you are unable to adapt and be flexible, and life will be less rewarding, satisfying and interesting. To be closed-minded also puts limits on your life, as you will never be able to truly move forward. Having an open mind provides opportunity to learn new things and build on what you already know.
The most difficult thing about being open minded is admitting that there may be other views and possibilities that you have not contemplated. Open mindedness requires honesty and courage to re-evaluate, and maybe even amend, what you believe to be true.
Having an open mind doesn’t mean that you change who you are, but it will allow you to meaningfully interact with others in the diverse world in which we live.
Who supports us when we struggle? Who comes to our aid when we’re in trouble? Who truly loves us? Who encourages, motivates and challenges us? Most of us would respond to these questions with “our family and friends.” We all can agree that the people who we are in relationship with fulfill these needs. Yet so many of us neglect our relationships. As a result, we make life harder for ourselves. We end up struggling with loneliness, low confidence, or even with the idea that we are on our own and have to do things all by ourselves. This does not have to be the case. We are made to communicate, to be social. Relationships are vital to living a happy life. Relationships are our main way of giving and receiving love.
There is a common misconception that our relationships, once established, will take care of themselves. The reality is that we need to take time to nurture and strengthen the bonds and ties we have with those around us. Whether the relationships are personal or business related, we need to work at sustaining them. God has put within all of us something that is beneficial to someone else. When we begin to share what we have, we will also have the space to receive what God has put within others to share with us.
I love people. I work-full time, I am a motivational speaker and I also run a non-profit; so without a shadow of a doubt, I can say I am in the people business. Yet, if I am honest, there is one group of people I sometimes have a bit of difficulty with…the know-it-all.
I am not sure if you have ever been around someone who always says that they know the answer, even when you are pretty sure they don’t. Well, if you know anyone like that you know that those people can be challenging to be around.
One of the reasons this is so difficult for me is because I am an advocate for continuing education. We live in an ever-changing world, so there is always something new to learn.
I want to encourage you to never stop learning. Whether you watch You Tube tutorials, sign up for a class at a community center, read a new book, enroll in a certification or return to school to get a degree…never stop learning!
Never underestimate the benefits that come along with serving others. Your physical and mental health can even be positively affected by volunteering.
Depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, low self-esteem, and even Obsessive Compulsive Disorder have all been helped by volunteering. When people with OCD, PTSD, or anger management issues volunteer, they feel more connected to others. They have an increased sense of purpose. Connection and meaning translate to decreased symptoms and improved social function.
In addition to offsetting negative mental conditions, serving and freely giving your time, energy, and resources to people and causes around the world can create change on a global scale. It is amazing to think that one person’s efforts can change the life of someone else somewhere in the world.
Whether you choose to volunteer within your church or a community organization, make a decision to get involved. It will change the lives of others, as well as your own.
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I want to encourage you to journal your journey. It is important to be able to go back and see all of the obstacles you overcome. Sometimes it is for you, often it is for someone else. There is a power in being to say, someone:
“In 2016, I thought I was going to lose my mind, but two months later I received a call that changed everything…”
Having that written account of what happened to you and when it happened is a way to track your testimonies and maybe even use them to pen a book someday! There is someone who will not survive what you have been through. So get started today, whether you get 99 cents notebook from the store, start a Note on your phone, use a tablet or a computer…just start! You could change someone else’s life forever!