“Cultivate curiosity. If you really want to grow in your lifetime, learn to be as inquisitive as a child. Curious people are never bored, and for them life becomes an unending study of joy.” -Tony Robbins
Remember when you were a child and everything was brand new? To your young eyes, the world was full of possibilities because you hadn’t yet learned to limit your thoughts.
As we get older, our existence shrinks as we learn to define what is and is not possible for us–but sometimes we set limits where there doesn’t have to be any.
There is one thing that can help keep us from blocking our progress in this way: curiosity.
When we are curious, we are in a state where we are asking questions and looking for answers.
Our minds become actively engaged with the world around us and we move from being reactive to becoming proactive. And since the mind is like a muscle, the more active it becomes, the stronger it gets!
Being curious puts you in a place where you are naturally more open to new things and new experiences. In addition, you are more likely to spot opportunities to try new things when you come at the world from a place of curiosity.
With a curious mind, who knows what you might discover?
“When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do.” -Walt Disney
The best place to try out your curiosity is in your own mind. Pay attention to your thoughts and ask questions: why are you thinking that thought? Is it really your thought, or is it an echo from your childhood? Or something society has conditioned you to think? Is it even true? What can it teach you?
It is dangerously easy to accept our thoughts as reality without really questioning them. Not only do we end up accepting false beliefs as truths, we can also miss some great ideas because we’re not paying attention.
“A thought is harmless unless we believe it.” -Byron Katie
With curiosity, everything we do is an opportunity to learn more about the world and about ourselves. We naturally start to find more meaning in our everyday experiences.
There is a strong correlation between seeking out new experiences and creativity. Not only that, studies show that when we become curious our brain chemistry shifts and we become more receptive to learning new things, and more likely to remember what we’ve learned.
“I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.” – Albert Einstein
When you are truly curious, there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’, there is simply ‘interesting’. You become less entrenched in the beliefs you learned growing up and more open to seeing things from someone else’s perspective.
Curiosity about your own mind also helps release judgement of yourself. You become less judgemental and more observant and accepting.
When you pay closer attention to the world around you, you will slowly start to notice and appreciate the small moments of joy, beauty and connection.
The beautiful dog in the car next to yours, the way your partner looks at you when you pass them something, even the grass rippling in the breeze… There is beauty all around us if we are open to receiving it.