Things We Learned From This Episode…
1. All About Proactive Open-Mindedness and the Importance of Putting Yourself Out There
Doing something out of your comfort zone is never easy. And, although we should always be open-minded to new opportunities (even uncomfortable ones), it’s not always second nature for us. It’s easier to live in a safe zone, but very little growth happens there. If you want to grow personally and professionally, it’s important to be proactive and not wait for opportunities to happen. This is where the concept of proactive open-mindedness was born.
When faced with a new opportunity that might be uncomfortable, it’s okay to recognize and acknowledge the discomfort. Once you acknowledge it, you can move forward. Ask yourself “what’s the worst that could happen and what’s the best thing that could happen?” You’ll find the risk is usually outweighed by the rewards. It’s all about changing your mindset and accepting what’s happening.
One thing that can help with proactive open-mindedness is finding a friend or partner to come alongside you. Not only will you have someone to share the experience with you, but they might be more comfortable in areas you are not (and vice versa). Reaching out to someone when I was alone and uncomfortable at a business conference was how I met my friend and business partner.
2. The 15 Minute Conversation That Could Change Your Life
We all can easily default to staying stuck in our bubbles, especially now that many of us are working at home. It’s easy to get trapped into narrow-mindedness with only our own experience to guide us. Being open to relationships and conversations can be surprisingly beneficial.
While it’s important to maintain personal and professional boundaries, consider becoming more open-minded about who you’re engaging in conversation. If you use a scheduling tool, start by offering 15 minute time chunks to anyone interested. If it doesn’t work out and you don’t benefit from it, then you’ve only invested 15 minutes of your time. However, those 15 minutes can often turn into something much more. You’ll walk away with stronger relationships, new ideas, and feel energized. Those 15 minutes can be a game-changer in your business.
3. A “Sure” Can Be Just as Good as a Yes
I highly recommend the book The Year of Yes by Maria Headley. Reading it was the catalyst for lifting my mental roadblocks, as I realized that we may not always know what we want even if we think we do. Even though it’s important to be open-minded, it’s okay to not say an enthusiastic “YES” to every opportunity. It’s okay to say “sure, I guess” and acknowledge that it might be uncomfortable or awkward. The firm “YES” may come as you continue to build confidence, but long as you are continuing to propel yourself and your mindset forward, an enthusiastic “sure” is all you need.
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