The Self-Awareness Guy

The Rigid Mind

As a self-awareness coach and trainer, I often encounter people who have rigid minds and are completely stuck in a certain way of thinking about things. Sometimes it's someone who doesn't understand what I do, other times it's an individual who doesn't understand himself or herself.

Having a rigid mind can lead to not enjoying life to its fullest because you limit your options and opportunities. I've found that people who value self-awareness tend to be on the opposite side of the spectrum, they like to think freely and expansively and enjoy new experiences. Here are some characteristics of a rigid mind:

  • Inability to consider other points of view.
  • Belief in only one way of seeing the world.
  • Inflexibility of thought.
  • Imposing beliefs on others.
  • Inability to change.
  • Scared of new experiences.
  • Stuck in a certain behavior pattern.
  • Saying things like, "You can't teach an old dog new tricks," "My mind's made up," or "I'm happy with how I think."

There's nothing inherently evil about wanting to think and behave the same way over the over, it just tends to lead to getting stuck in a rut and repeating the same mistakes over and over. I enjoy connecting with self-aware, forward-thinking people because they're open to new experiences and are eager to live authentic lives.

What have you noticed about people who have rigid minds?