Here is a tip I’d like to share with you for achieving growth in this New Year – keeping an open mind. Simple… yet not so simple!
See, I wish this were the case, but fact is, we are not born knowing everything. In fact, apart from instinctual things like breathing, chewing, etc., everything we know, we’ve had to learn. But, the thing is, the more we grow older, the more we think we know it all. The harder it gets to accept other peoples’ opinions and ways of thinking above our own. When people come to share different views with us, we start becoming defensive. We defend our point of view and hold on to it like we are the authors of truth. Well, we are not! The truth as we know it is not necessarily absolute. We make mistakes. We get things wrong. And, I’m sure you will agree with me, holding on to a wrong idea and defending it with your dear life is well, unprofitable, and anything you do that isn’t profitable is a waste of time.
So, this year, to make the most of your time, keep an open mind and be willing to consider the weight of other people’s constructive criticisms and opinions. But, as the wise say, the truth hurts and that’s a fact we can’t escape from. So, be prepared. It will hurt, you will feel a strong urge to reject the truth and defend yourself… I should say ‘we’, because I’m sure this applies to me too. We just have to push through the pride and appreciate that someone cares enough about us to tell us the truth. Therein, my dear friend, lies the difference between an individual who grows and one who is stagnant. Which one are you going to be this year?
Well, I wish you a year of open-mindedness and therefore, a year of personal growth. Happy 2013!