Curiosity is defined as a strong desire to know or learn something. How will this apply to your personal growth in 2020?
Many times we wonder why we do what we do, or better yet how to stop doing something we wish we were not doing.
The Harvard Business Review stated "Most of the breakthrough discoveries and remarkable inventions throughout history, from flints for starting a fire to self-driving cars, have something in common: They are the result of curiosity."
How do you become more curious, particularly about yourself?
1. Become more intentional and clear minded. You can even reinstate your childlike sense of wonder. We all have this inside us, as we lived in this state for many years, and it can be reinvoked with your intention. Becoming clear minded means putting your preconceived judgments and thoughts aside, even if just temporarily, to enable a curious mind.
2. Once you've cleared your mind and set your intention, begin asking questions. Staying open-minded while listening to the answers is crucial for not shutting down curiosity. Then, keep asking questions, there's no such thing as a dumb question, particularly when you're remaining curious.
3. Take a step back and enable yourself to see through new eyes, listen deeply to yourself and remain curious about that which is not familiar. Slowing down and suspending the speed at which you move forwards quickly onto the next thing will enable you to stay curious and investigate the new information. Like judgements, familiarity keeps us in our comfort zone, even when it's not working for us. Enable yourself to tolerate being uncomfortable when seeking new information. You can regain your sense of comfort when you integrate the new information.
Finally, being more curious will change your experiences of yourself, and those with whom you interact. If you don't believe me try it out: next time you meet with someone, rather than converse in your usual manner, put on your attitude of curiosity, ask questions, slow down, and listen differently and see how being curious about yourself and others can positively change your life.