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Why you should change your mind more often

You are free to change your mind at any time.

I feel like some of us are more unhappy than we need to be because we forget that.

You don’t have to commit to anything forever.

You are free to change your mind whenever you want. You don’t have to take any action, you can change your mind and not change anything else.

I change my mind a lot. Too often, I think.

I don’t like the idea of having to be tied to one thing forever. It gives me anxiety.

I feel like I am missing out on the possibility of something that might be a better fit.

I also feel like I can’t be endlessly enthusiastic about one thing for the rest of my life.

I don’t think I am the only one who feels this way, but our society only rewards the tried and true.

There are predetermined paths for all of us to follow if we want a chance at success (at love, business, life, etc).

Stray from the path and you not only face ostracism, you also have to face imminent failure.

Or so we are taught to think.

I want to explore a few of the benefits of changing your mind whenever you want to.

It leads to less stress

Imagine you live in a world where there was plenty of choice, but only on chance and no changes.

All of your most important life decisions had to be made during a time in your life when you have the least experience to make them.

As a youth, you not only have to worry about what decisions are right for you now, you also have to think about the future you. What will work for you now and then?

As you age, you grow and learn more about yourself. Unfortunately, you can’t add any of your new life experiences unless they add to your set path.

You’re not totally satisfied about where you are, but there’s no point in thinking about it because nothing will change.

I didn’t even have to dream up an example. That’s what life in most countries is like right now.

You have to study hard as a kid, choose a career path and trajectory as a young adult and work your ass off until you retire.

If you change your mind, you not only risk ridicule from your friends and family, you also lose all of the progress you’ve made.

That is really goddamn stressful!

It’s less stressful to live in a world where you’re life and reputation aren’t tied to what you chose before.

You’re free to change your mind as often as you need to to find the right fit.

Don’t get me wrong. Searching for the right fit is stressful. Very stressful.

But it is made less stressful when you know that you don’t have to find exactly what you need by a certain deadline.

You can do something for a while and then successfully transition into something else.

It creates truer commitments

It’s easy to view a propensity for change as an argument for infidelity or a lack of long term commitments.

It’s not.

If anything, it creates truer commitments by connecting things on a much more selective level.

For example, an influencer cultivates their audience by sharing intimate moments of their lives.

Every influencer does this and so does every person trying to be an influencer.

That means people have an infinite amount of influencers to idolize and follow. Every day they have even more.

But they don’t often switch from influencer to influencer. Or from brand to brand.

They make their choice and they stick to it until something changes (usually the content they prefer to see) and they go seeking the same thing from someone else.

When nearly every product, service or (type of) influencer is a commodity, it’s much harder to grow an audience.

That being said, every fan you do create is a much truer fan than when there are less options available.

This fan has seen all kinds of videos, social media posts, blog posts, media idols, recommendations, etc and they still chose to follow you.

They can change their mind at any time, but they stick with you.

That’s called brand power.

For the non-marketing, it’s called trust.

Freedom of choice cultivates more trust.

It’s better for creativity

Creativity is all about being open and flexible to the kinds of ideas you let yourself have.

One idea can knock another one out of the way before being knocked out itself.

There’s no dogma in being creative because creativity relies on adaptability.

You can’t be adaptable if you don’t allow yourself to change.

If you’re looking to become more creative, then, it’s in your best interest to change your mind...set.

You need to let go of things in order to reach other things.

In less fluffy terms, you need to change the way you think. Change your mind about your thinking.

When you do this, you don’t have to worry about locking yourself into one idea or one way of doing things forever.

You’re free to change your mind at any time and explore the limits of your creativity.

Change your mind more often

This is something else you never here others encouraging to do.

Very much like startup employees who don’t take advantage of their unlimited vacation policy.

Many people don’t realize that they can change their minds more than once.

Imagine how much happier you’d be if you took more vacations.

Now imagine how much happier (or more chill) you’d be if you had the freedom to choose something different every time you wanted to.

It’s not easy.

I change my mind so often, I often run myself around in circles trying to make sense of where I am going.

I change my mind so many times I end up coming right back to where I started.

It’s how I know I’m on the right track and it’s how I confirm that my initial gut feeling is right.

Remember that you are always free to change your mind.

As often as it takes and as often as you’d like.

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