Flexible thinking is often discussed in clinical psychology and if adopted is considered to aid people on a personal level and in their relationships. Life is a game; you either win or lose. The game is already over if one’s thinking becomes rigid or uncompromising. Getting set in our ways and believing we have all the answers will only set us back. One characteristic of successful people is their ability to be flexible in their thinking and always contemplating on life with a new set of lenses.
Choosing to be optimistic or pessimistic
Flexible thinkers take both sides of the coin into consideration. They assess both the positive and negative aspects of any given situation. They then make a decision as to what to do next, often choosing the middle way, steering away from being too optimistic or too pessimistic.
We aren’t all the same
Flexible thinkers acknowledge that we live in a world with tremendous diversity. Two people can be looking at the same glass and see it as either being half full or half empty. Flexible thinkers often take into consideration people’s differences when working with others. They see differences in perceiving things as an advantage and listen to others who may have noticed something they didn’t.
Life is an adventure
Flexible thinkers regard life as an adventure. Every experience creates new possibilities, unique lessons to be learned and new understanding. They are more open to give strange things a try, however, crazy or demanding others perceive them to be. They are not afraid of coming out of their shells. They mix with different cultures, have conversations with people of different minds, read a broad range of books and vary the experiences they choose to take on.
To conclude if we are all on the same assumption that our thoughts have a significant impact on our reality. Then it’s only fair to say that if our thoughts are rigid and are always the same our reality will never change. However, if we try to take on a different approach and allow ourselves to be more flexible in our thinking; our world may change. A routine and mundane life could transition to one filled with excitement, never ending possibilities and unexpected joy.