One of the most important things you can do is keep your beliefs flexible. This gives your mind the freedom and room to grow if it wants to try on new principles.
For those who lock into a set of beliefs, they close themselves off to outside influence. When you do this, your mind stops growing.
For this episode of 5-Minute Friday I wanted to bring you this valuable clip from an episode with Jonathan Fields.
Jonathan is the founder of a mission-driven media and education venture called Good Life Project, where he and his team lead a global community in the quest to live more meaningful, connected, and vital lives.
If you’re looking to expand your mind, listen here on Episode 615.
TSOG – Episode 615 – The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes
Lewis Howes: This is 5-Minute Friday!!
For those of you who don’t know who Jonathan Fields is, he’s a New York City dad, husband, entrepreneur, podcast host and award winning author. He founded a mission driven media and education venture, called, Good Life Project, where he and his team lead a global community in the quest to live more meaningful, connected and vital lives.
His new book, How To Live A Good Life: Soulful Stories, Surprising Science and Practical Wisdom, offers a gateway to a life of meaning, connection and vitality.
Jonathan Fields: I think the moment that you lock yourself into certainty about your beliefs is the moment that you stop growing. It’s the moment where you… Milton Glaser had this amazing conversation with me. He’s the most iconic living designer. At one point… I mean, he has designed some of the most incredible things on the planet. You may not know his name, but you know something that he’s created.
And he said to me, “Certainty is a closing of the mind.” The moment you are certain, the moment you lock down, the possibility that something might be different, or that you might believe differently in the future is the moment that you stop asking questions. It’s the moment where curiosity ends. It’s the moment where the uncertainty that’s necessary for possibility to emerge in your life vanishes.
Because if you’re certain about something, then you stop exploring anything beyond that, right? And the moment you stop exploring, there’s no possibility in your life any more. Your life starts going sideways. I mean, I don’t know about you or about your listeners, I mean, I’m pretty sure about you, and I’m pretty sure, probably, about your listeners, too, but I’m not here to go sideways.
If you are indeed living a good life with your beliefs, no reason to change them. But the question you got to ask is like when somebody’s like, “This is what I believe, I believe and I’m pretty sure I’m right, and it’s all good and it’s given me the life that I have,” you know, the next question is, “Well, how’s that working for you?”
Like, are you actually sitting here living a good life? Do you have these beautiful, deep and enduring relationships? Are you doing meaningful work where you feel like you’re fully leveraging your life in the world? Are you connected to source and people? Are you vibrant, are you radiating health?
Because if somebody says, “I’m locked in to my beliefs and they’re good, they’re viable, solid beliefs and that’s how I live my life according to those beliefs,” and you can point to major places in their lives that are relatively disastrous, then something’s not working.
So part of the process, I think, is sometimes, if you have that conversation with somebody, literally ask them, not from an arrogant, “Well, how’s that working” standpoint, but just, “How is that actually working for you?” That’s cool. If you have these beliefs and they’ve been with you for life, and you feel like you’re actually living life that you want to live and you’re meant to live, go for it. Keep them.
But if you’re not, something’s got to change, you know? So, it’s like I say in the book: I’m not asking for anybody to buy into anything. The only thing that I ask anybody for is to be open to the possibility that there might be another story, another truth. There’s something else that they can do out there that might allow them to be better in the world. And then try it. I’m not a huge fan of just leaning into what anybody tells you on pure faith. Run an experiment, you know? Let your personal experience tell you whether your belief is still valid, or whether something’s got to change.
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