In many ways, we’ve been taught to believe everything is either right or wrong.
The school system, the church, the government, even our parents and friends. They all instilled beliefs in us when we were young. They painted a world of black and white.
Some of us hold tightly to these beliefs. They’re comfortable. They give us structure. It makes life easier, or at least provides that illusion that we can always be on either side of right or wrong.
If there’s anything we’ve seen in this age of political turmoil (vastly exaggerated), varying opinions and lifestyle choices, it’s that there is only right for you. Because what you think is right is wrong from someone else’s viewpoint.
The funny part? People change.
Sure, some people don’t change that much, but someone that believes one thing may not believe the same thing after taking a few hard hits from the school of hard knocks.
So, does it benefit us to be rigid in our thoughts, or does it set us up for massive disappointment down the line?
I once shared about the difference between fixed beliefs and flexible beliefs. Both types of beliefs can be beneficial to have in different situations. But when moving towards your dream, you need to be flexible in your beliefs. Everything does not work the way you think it does. You must be open to possibilities.
We need to remain open-minded. We need to allow others to challenge our thoughts and beliefs. To be a free thinker doesn’t mean to shout our beliefs from the rooftops and to evangelize the world to our way of thinking. It means to remain open to the possibility that we might be wrong.