“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”

George Bernard Shaw, Writer - Political Activist

My beliefs have changed many times in my lifetime and I credit it with having an open mind. I grew up not trusting authority figures so my faith in pretty much everyone was a balancing act between self-preservation and having to be part of a community to live.

So my mind was trained, consciously but probably not, to find an alternative path so I didn’t have to trust anyone. Pretty debilitating place to spend ones life.

Somehow I ran into the right guy and ended up studying philosophy and logic and how to examine what I believed about the world and myself. At the time I was trying to prove him wrong about the beginning of the cosmos and I ended up accepting my beliefs were wrong.

That can sting, but not as much as living inside a script you know you have no part in. Having an open mind isn’t about discovering new things or beliefs so much as it’s about learning who you really are.

Your mind makes you the person you are and your mind was most likely put together from the pieces of someone else. Imagine living without that person’s influence on who you are?

I was researching  the benefits of having an open mind and I found this great article: How to Be Open-Minded and Why It Matters by Kendra Cherry. It’s a well written article and I’m sure you’ll find it useful.

Hope you day is going well, Glen

So today is day 1 for the program I started called, “Journal Like a Stoic” and it was written by Brittany Polat, PhD. Chapter 1 is titled Opening Your Mind and it has two points to consider:

1. Which of your old mental habits are no longer serving you?

2. Identify three things you would like to change about your mental habits.

The Biggest Impediment To Open-Minded Thinking

People have a tendency known as the confirmation bias and it can be one of the biggest contributors to closed-mindedness.

Confirmation bias involves going into a situation with the intent to prove yourself right while discounting information that shows you’re wrong.

Being aware of confirmation bias is the best ways to combat it. As you encounter information, take a moment to consider how this bias might affect how you evaluate it. If your first reaction is fear or anxiety, you should question yourself as to why that would be?

Ask questions and never give time to ideas that don’t allow it.