A Flexible Mind = A Successful Mind = A Happy Mind

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How flexible are you? Your mind, not just your body…

The DailyOm has this great explanation of mental flexibility and it struck me how inflexible I can be at times…actually most of the time…

Flexibility is the capacity to bend without breaking, as well as a continual willingness to change or be changed in order to accommodate new circumstances. People with flexible minds are open to shifting their course when necessary or useful; they are not overly attached to things going the way they had planned. This enables them to take advantage of opportunities that a more rigid person would miss out on. It can also make life a lot more fun. When we are flexible, we allow for situations we could not have planned, and so the world continues to surprise and delight us.

I tend to have rigid plans and rather specific expectations…and I find it very difficult to accept and appreciate new possibilities when the road swerves into the unknown. I certainly could do with a bit more flexibility and I am not alone.

It’s one of those things that really can’t be practiced, instead it has to be allowed. That makes it very scary. We don’t like things we can’t control, but ultimately our clinging to inflexibility is really what is controlling us and in leaning toward flexibility we will find freedom…and a lot less stress.

What about you? How flexible are you? And do you think that’s good or bad?

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  • Marko

    Hi Royale, I am exactly like this :) i like to look into the future, what needs to be done, break it into meaningful and logical chunks, put that into a timeline, foresee the unforeseen (add 30% time required) and then execute or let it execute. I start early to avoid unpleasant surprises. I hate them. That’s why I think of “what can go wrong” in advance and make contingencies for this as well :) This makes me very very efficient in known territories but many times also a pain in the ass for people around me. At the same time this is not so efficient when dealing with something I don’t know and cannot control. Then, i can be lost somehow. Then, I feel, a more flexible approach would be greatly beneficial. Flexibility is key these days. Yet, it’s hard to escape from yourself…

    • Royale

      Yup, that’s how I am…especially the pain in the ass part:) working on the flexibility part.