One Step to Achieving Your Goal: Keep An Open Mind to New Experiences

"Establishing goals is all right if you don't let them deprive you of interesting detours."
by Doug Larson When you commit to a goal, the methods to achieve that goal will appear. At times, it seems almost like magic. When the methods do appear, they may not be (and seldom are) dressed in familiar garb.

Many people are in the habit of saying "no" to all new experiences. They feel they are protecting themselves. They are in a way, but they are also limiting the possibilities of what they can achieve.

It all has to do with their comfort zone. They say to themselves, "It's new, so don't do it."

This could be a big mistake. What if what is being offered is the key to a greater, more enriching life? What if what is being offered is the key to a greater, more enriching life?

Also, saying no to something before we know what we're saying no to has a rather nasty name - one that no one likes to hear applied to themselves. That word is prejudice. To be prejudice means to have an "unfavorable opinion or feeling formed beforehand or without knowledge, thought, or reason." We're all guilty of being prejudice at times.

How many times have you formed an opinion about someone that you haven't even met? By watching TV, we all have had the chance to "get to know" and form opinions on many movie stars, entertainers, politicians, and other famous people who we only "know" through the media. Many of these people live up to the reputations we've formed in our minds, where others do not. All lot of people who were portrayed as "bad" in the press are, in fact, great and delightful human beings. On the other hand, those that were portrayed as the most wonderful and magnificent people you would ever want to meet are in fact really monsters. The point we're trying to make goes back to the old saying...."You can't judge a book by it's cover"...and is so often true.

Here's another old saying, "My mind is made up, don't try and confuse me with the facts." Well, there's an answer to this saying. It comes from Aldous Huxley who said, "Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." If something presents itself to you, and you don't know enough about it to really decide if it might help you achieve your goal, don't say no - find out more. How do we find out more? By asking, reading, doing, listening - in short, by getting involved; experiencing.

Consider this piece of advice when a new opportunity presents itself: If an opportunity arises that cannot possibly harm you physically and it could possibly be helpful to you in reaching your ultimate goal, then why not just give it a try? You'll never know if an opportunity is just what you're looking for unless you try it, right?

Other than the comfort zone's control of your life, what have you got to lose? Make an informed decision, but you could at least give it a try. You never know when someone or something has a lot to offer you in reaching your dreams!


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