What’s the purpose of a mind if you can’t change it?

Well, that depends on the context, doesn’t it?

Take Politicians for example, we can all think of some who change their minds according to which way the popularist winds are blowing to save their seats and of some who hold so tightly to their opinions that they have fallen on their own swords – as we know perception is fact!

Yet in life there’s a time for principle and a time for reason and the skill of a leader is in knowing the time and being prepared to face and make the choice.

Yet some don’t want to change, some say they can’t change, some aren’t allowed to change, some don’t know how to change, some have change forced upon them, some embrace change and some decide to change.

During the Pandemic it seems we’ve experienced all of the above emotions in some context or other – lockdown, essential travel, remote working, no working, offered the vaccine, waiting for the vaccine, refusing the vaccine, following the data, then the date, then both; schools open, schools close, shops open, shops close – some for ever, missing the commute and now refusing to commute!

Effective change starts with the individual’s decision to change – which is often the hardest part of change.

Muhammad Ali (the world’s Greatest Heavyweight Boxer) once said…

“The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life”.

You may not be 50 … and you don’t have to be 50 to feel you’ve wasted some of your life – particularly through lockdown. So, here’s the question…in the context of life’s decisions around relationships, family, career, health, wealth, purpose, and wellbeing.

Can you list the number of times in the past 10 years that have you significantly changed your mind?

What’s the purpose of a mind if you can’t change it!

Footnote: In February 2021 after 12 months of lockdown, I finally changed my mind about offering one hour paid mentoring sessions online – yesterday I completed my 42nd session.

Since 2013 I have been helping ambitious SMEs with their Strategic and Leadership challenges.

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