What does it mean to be Open?
Being an “open person” can mean very different things, all of them positive. It’s a term with no set definition, but it generally includes some combination of friendliness, approach-ability, honesty, open-mindedness, tolerance, and personal authenticity. I have had periods in my life where I have been much more open than other times and I can feel the difference. Others around me can also feel this difference.
Open people tend to be more happy, charismatic, likable, and successful compared to people who are “closed off.” While some people are open by nature, others can learn to be more open with practice and a little mindfulness.
You can work on your openness and become more of this person and all that comes from being this way. There are 3 definite results from becoming more open.
- You are much more present. When you are more present, you take in more of the things that are going on around you. This can be help your communications with your spouse or significant other, your children, your friends and your team at work. When a team is practicing openness, they seem to vibe better and can enjoy the journey as they move on the path of fulfilling their Purpose.
- Being Open in Your communications and using all your senses can keep you on the right path. Life has a way of putting roadblocks and detours up in your path towards fulfilling your dreams. That is part of life but being open, can help you to not take or be on the wrong path or detour too long. It will help you find your flow-that feeling you have when you are fulfilling your destiny when things feel like they go smoothly.
- The Mindfulness Movement talks about being present. Openness and Presence go hand in hand. When you are mindful, you use more of your senses. It helps you to be grateful and that allows you to experience more in your life of what you are grateful for. Being more open gives you that something that really attracts other people to you. It certainly helps during your customer and prospect visits. You feel this connection and this connection leads to establishing better long-term communications.
So get out today and take a walk. Be truly present for that conversation with your co-worker. Participate in the meeting you are in and take in what is being said,what communication is happening both verbal and non verbal. Being open will add more color and more music to your life.