The mind is like an umbrella, it only works when it's open. When your mind is closed to new ideas, it's like walking around in the rain - and all you get is soaked.
You can’t reinvent your life, career or relationships by doing the same old same old. After all, "if you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you already got.” You have to open the umbrella of your mind, that is, move out of your comfort zone, and try new things.
Here are two ways to open your mind:
- When someone suggests some new behavior or action, don’t discard it immediately because you think “I can’t – that’s not me.” Instead, give it (at least) a fighting chance. Is it out of your comfort zone? Of course it is! Isn’t that the whole point of a do-over – you want to do some aspect of your life in a different way.
- Go someplace you might never have gone before – and go twice. The first time you go to any new environment or are in a new group, you’re likely to feel like a fish out of water. You’re first reaction is to run the other way. Don’t. Stay and get a feel for the place. Then go back again. The second time you’ll know what you’re walking into and feel more at ease.