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Beware of the Dangers of a Closed Mind
Do you think that success is only about getting more wealth and getting more material things in your house? Well, then you are sorely mistaken. There are so many kinds of success that seldom you will find anything so varied in our world.
We have an inner consciousness. And this consciousness always prods us to make achievements. Whenever we make an achievement as per what our internal consciousness has desired, we are growing and developing. And we are coming closer towards success.
But in many people, such cravings are repressed because of delusionary and pessimistic thoughts. Some people cannot come towards success just because they do not manage their resources well. While, some others fail because they harbor strong inferiority complexes about themselves.
We must realize and accept that all of us are leading two lives, or rather two natures in a single body. The first nature is the progressive one; it takes us forward. The second nature is regressive; it pulls us backward. A truly successful person will have both these natures working in control, with the progressive nature taking better strides than the regressive one.
We also need willpower. Willpower helps us to make a strong will, which can change the way we live and help us to create miracles. This can happen only when we have an open mind on things. The need of having an open mind is very important if we want to achieve success.
When our minds are closed, we lead irrational lives. We accept things without understanding their reasons. People with closed mind will accept things without ever understanding why they are happening that way. The irony is that, if these people are given the explanation of the things they already believe in, they will reject the explanations.
But a person with an open mind will always evaluate the options that rationalize any concept, however, fundamental it might be. These people will work their way towards accepting or rejecting concepts. They will not just be collecting the information that they get, but they will analyze these concepts with the things they already know and be constantly ratifying them with their existing knowledge.
That is the reason why successful people are almost obstinate in following whatever opportunities and possibilities they get. They will ratify these opportunities with their existing knowledge and see the potential in them. Big or small opportunities do not matter; what matters is their understanding of the potential in these opportunities.
People with closed minds will not be able to do so. They will have set concepts of success in their minds, and will only take up opportunities that are commensurate with this preset knowledge. They will neither understand nor accept anything that their mind has not envisioned or accomplished in the past.
Dangers of a Closed Mind
People with closed minds will never let their minds grow, mature and learn new things. They will never progress in the true sense of the word. Their lives will perhaps never show an iota of improvement.
We must realize that the mind can create whatever the mind can think about. Everything that the mind sees, thinks and senses is taken to the subconscious mind and this is then laid parallel with what the conscious mind has experienced. This is how they work at accomplishing things.
But, that is not to say that you will be able to create whatever you can merely imagine about. You must definitely have the power to imagine, but then you must also put in the efforts to work on it, and actually achieve what you have imagined.
So, open up your mind and bid adieu to all the negativistic thoughts that make their place there. If there are limitations or restrictions you have set for yourself due to prevailing circumstances, you need to shun them. Keeping an open mind, you must think beyond the existing limitations. You will surely see your life beginning to better itself.
The key is to always concentrate on the possibilities of achievements rather than the restrictions you have. Free up your mind and think of possibilities. Believe in yourself.
Below are some guiding points that can help you condition your mind to succeed:-
1. Have a role model, and always keep that person in mind by looking at their pictures, reading stories and anecdotes of their lives, etc.
2. Always make a habit of reading autobiographies of people who have achieved success in life. There are lots of self-help and motivational books about people who set goals for themselves, and then achieved them, despite the adversity and ridicule they might have faced.
3. Keep reinforcing your own determination. Every once in a while, close your eyes and say ‘I can’. Visualize the success at the end. Believe that you can achieve it.
4. Sleep with good thoughts in your mind. Try to keep these good thoughts at every moment of your life. Let negative thoughts not find a free trespass into your mind.
What you think is a very significant deciding factor of what you will be. Filter the negative thoughts out of your mind, and bring the positive thoughts in. Create possibilities for yourself, and always make attempts to succeed. Believe in the adage that failures are the stepping stones to success.