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New ways of doing things

POSTED: September 27, 2009, 2:48 am

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Recently someone shared with me their intention to open their mind to new ways of doing things. This is a great intention to master for everyday living. Being open to new ways allows for different results, a new and improved result, diversity in thinking, a thriving, and humming community, and possibilities larger than you alone can imagine.

Being open to new ways of doing things requires that you be a team player, that you are willing to collaborate, to consult with others, call in the expert, and respect someone else’s opinion.

An open mind requires an open ear, a willingness to listen, to acknowledge a good idea when you hear one, to be in conversation, to build on someone else’s idea and support with no grievances.

A mind that is open to new ways knows that there is no “right way”. How do we “know” what we “know”? Is your way the way you have always done things? Did someone tell you this is the “right way”? Is it possible that you have been looking through a smaller, narrower lens? Change and improvement happens when we are willing to be wrong.

An open mind is open to “anything is possible”. If you have been wrong enough in life, you know that ANYTHING is possible. There is so much in life, outside our control and purview, that anything IS possible. Be open to possibility.

An open mind is a generous spirit. A generous spirit does not thrive on accolades, on being in the front of the room, or of being the one to lead the way. A generous spirit seeks collaboration and acknowledges good ideas and thoughts. A generous spirit is a team player that asks, “What can I do to support?”

When you are open to new ways of doing things you become forward moving and thinking. Technology and the dawning of our future require that we think in new ways and stay current otherwise we become dinosaurs. Forward thinking brings revelation and excitement to our lives. We don’t want to be immobile, frozen in thought, and out dated. We want to be broad, prolific, and expansive in our ways of doing things.

Sandra A. Daley is a lifestyle and career coach in NYC. If you have questions or comments about new ways of doing things, contact her at or visit her at If you liked this article, you might also enjoy “Ask Less. Listen More”

“Being open to new ways of doing things requires that you be a team player.”

Would that life was like the shadow cast by a wall or a tree, but it is like the shadow of a bird in flight. Talmud



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