A “narrow-minded individual” can only see their tiny slice of the world, is unwilling to consider alternative ideas, perspectives, or thoughts, and doesn’t want to learn or understand other people’s experiences. An example of narrow-mindedness is someone with a firm political position who will not even listen to debates or arguments from the other side. Being narrow-minded means having a rigid, biased, intolerant, illiberal, and limited world perspective. It’s narrow-minded, ungenerous, and self-righteous to believe that everyone who disagrees with you is wrong, but one mustn’t confuse narrow-mindedness with a focused mind. A closed and focused mindset guarded against negative and discouraging influences, including opposition from relatives and friends, is critical for fostering perseverance, vital on our journey towards success. Analysis determines the essential elements between narrow-mindedness and a focused mind are: choice, flexibility, and compartmentalization. Sound is open-mindedness, a willingness to try new things or to hear and consider new ideas. An example of an open-minded person is someone who listens to opponents in a debate to see if the information makes sense. While willing to consider new and contrarian ideas or opinions, with a focused mind, managers and employees may choose to delay reading feedback, depending on the project and its position on the developmental timeline.
Promoting an open mind
- Embrace and express your closed mind. Some things aren’t changing.
- Argue or debate on the other side.
- An open mouth often shows a closed mind unless it’s open to ask questions.
- Include those you exclude.
- Go with someone else’s plan.
- Stop controlling. Take the second chair.
Benefits of Being Open-Minded
- Gain insight. Challenging your existing beliefs and considering new ideas can give you fresh insights into the world and teach you new things about yourself.
- Have new experiences.
- Achieve personal growth.
- Become mentally strong.
- Feel more optimistic.
- Learn new things.
- Warm your mind up for enlightenment.
- Plant seeds of doubt in your brain.
- Do some blind-spotting. Give events two or more interpretations.
- Change something other than your mind.
- Do a blind taste or sample aromas.
- Go but-less and say yes, or, and, maybe, could be.
- Cross the street and get some perspective.
- Ask yourself better questions.
Here are five tactics on how to keep an open mind
- Separate yourself from your beliefs.
- Admit mistakes early and often.
- Adjust the dials of your premises.
- Seek challenges.
Assess Your Behavior
Another approach you can take to identify limiting beliefs would be to assess your behavior. Think about scenarios where you’ve acted in harmful ways and think about why. If you look closely at your unhealthy behaviors, you might discover that the underlying cause is limiting beliefs.
Examples of Limiting Beliefs
- “I am not worthy of being loved.”
- “I am not smart/pretty/talented enough.”
- “I could never open my own business.”
- “I don’t have enough time/experience/resources to pursue my passion.”
- “I should avoid failure at all costs.”
- “I should never question authority.”
How do you dismantle limiting beliefs?
- Identify one of your limiting beliefs. The first step to overcoming limiting beliefs is to identify what they are.
- Recognize that it is just a belief.
- Challenge your own view.
- Recognize the potentially damaging or liberating consequences.
- Adopt/Investigate a different religion.
- Put into practice what you’ve learned.
Your “Happy Place” refers to a subjective state of mind, a tranquil, safe, problem-free place you visualize that calms and helps you restore balance. It is a mental vacation spot that makes your mind smile. Visualizations of this nature are simple, mind-opening, self-focused stress relieving exercises directed at regaining situational awareness. The critical way to measure how long it will take to get to your “Happy Place” is by how many hours you spend practicing, not the days or weeks of the process. If it takes 100 hours to break through a set of limiting beliefs, you can do it in 5 weeks, or you can do it in 5 years. We seek to develop three essential characteristics of mindfulness: the intention to cultivate awareness and repeatedly return to it, and attention to what is occurring in the present moment by simply observing thoughts, feelings, and sensations as they arise. Follow the steps below with a non-judgmental, curious, and kind attitude.
- Step 1: Step Out of Autopilot. Find a quiet space in which to sit still, gently close your eyes and take a pause.
- Step 2: Become Aware of Your Breath.
- Step 3: Expand Your Awareness Outward.
As a leader or employee, achieving and maintaining an open mind and theoretically describing different outcomes to events will mean you’re less likely to get caught by surprise or stuck in a rut when going about your everyday business tasks. Being open-minded makes us naturally inquisitive, making us more able to better ourselves and improve our knowledge and understanding of each other. Research shows that open-minded individuals see the world differently and are happier, healthier, and more creative. Make your mind smile, ponder, question and wonder.
WE&P by: EZorrillaM