You might not know but close-mindedness stifles growth. But even then there are people who live inside their perfectly ordered boxes and refuse to keep an open mind about various things. If you let yourself be open-minded, life can become easier but it may not be easy. It is because you grow up learning a certain set of beliefs and usually mix it with like-minded people most of your life, therefore, when someone presents you with a different perspective then yours, it becomes hard to accept. But you can actually gain a lot by opening the door to your mind.
Following are the benefits that you can reap by making yourself open-minded:
Experience good kind of losing control:
Letting go of the control does not feel good at times but when you open your mind, you feel free from having control of your thoughts. This allows you to experience new ideas and challenge the thought that you keep in mind.
Change of experiences:
As you open up your mind, you do things differently from the beliefs that you keep. This makes you experience things differently and learn more. The change of experience makes you view the world in a different way.
Most people do not become open-minded because they think that it makes them vulnerable. But when you become vulnerable, you admit you don’t know everything and that there are possibilities that you may have not considered before. It can be terrifying but unless you do that, you don’t see what actually lies under what appears surface to you.
Mistakes become acceptable:
Once you become open-minded, you accept that mistakes can happen. With an open mind you recognize the potential mistakes you have made and do not fear making new mistakes. It is a great thing to learn more and more every time you go through the same path.
Having a firm belief:
Being open-minded also helps you to strengthen your beliefs. You learn new things and use the ideas to build upon old ideas and come up with improved solutions. The experiences strengthen your beliefs in who you are and what lengths you can go to achieve your goals.
You become confident:
When you live your life with an open mind, you are able to gain more confidence by learning more and more from the outside world. It helps you to grow and strengthen your belief in yourself.
When you practice to become open-minded, it becomes as effortless as breathing. It helps you to think openly and embrace new ideas which you cannot otherwise.