In a previous blog post, I shared my framework for a Youthful Mindset. A youthful mindset will keep you feeling young and vibrant, no matter your age.
There are 7 characteristics of a Youthful Mindset, and in this and the next few episodes, I’m diving deeper into each of them, one characteristic at a time.
Today, we’re talking about Trait #3 of a youthful mindset – and that’s Openness.
Yesterday we talked about the 2nd characteristic of a youthful mindset and that was Curiosity.
Where curiosity is a desire to learn, openness is the realization that you never know where the answer will come from, or what it will be when you discover it. It is a sense of Wonder about the world and about life. A sense that life holds innumerable mysteries and that you can’t wait to see what it reveals to you next.
Openness is also the understanding that, while you know what you know right now, you’re open to the idea that new information may come along that makes you happy to change your understanding in the future.
In other words, Your thoughts and beliefs are not so set in stone that they can’t be changed or improved upon.
In this regard, Openness is also closely linked with Imagination.
It’s that state of allowing the answers to be revealed to you in wondrous, magical ways.
The opposite is to hold a firm belief that you already know all of the answers, that you already know all there is to know about a topic or an issue.
You only need to imagine someone with a closed-mind, someone who believes they have all the answers and are never wrong, to see that this is anything BUT a youthful mindset.
Pursuing your dreams – at any age – requires a degree of Openness. After all, if you had all the answers, you’d likely be living those dreams right now.
I’ll share a true story with you to illustrate the point…
So having a Closed mindset WILL cause you to overlook so many great things – helpful thoughts, brilliant ideas, positive events happening right around you.
And having an Open mindset does the opposite – allows you to recognize and experience brilliant ideas and positive events.
Here are some practical tips for developing the characteristic of Openness: