For this week’s blog post I wanted to talk about stubbornness.

Now this topic is so broad and there’s so much to it that I can’t cover it in just one blog post. However, just for today I wanted to talk about how sometimes stubbornness can impact what we learn in life.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying being stubborn is a bad thing at all! I am a Leo (Love that my star sign is a ‘lioness’!) which probably means I should be incredibly stubborn. I definitely try and stand up for what I believe in when it’s appropriate but that’s the key word here - appropriate.

Being stubborn is a good thing, at the appropriate times.

Learning

I think it’s great to stand up for what you believe in; to have passion for something and to demonstrate it. I also think being stubborn is great in achieving goals, for being persistent and showing others who you truly are.

But sometimes, and only sometimes, being stubborn can actually hold us back in life and affect our growth as individuals. Being stubborn means that we are set in our ways; that what we believe is ‘just so’ and that’s all there is to it. The problem with that, is that sometimes we block ourselves off from learning more!


As human beings, we need to learn to evolve as individuals, we need to learn in order to grow, to develop and to mature.

How do we learn?

Through everything! Every experience in life:

  • People
  • Social media
  • TV
  • Radio
  • Books
  • Documentaries
  • Education

We are all in an environment where at some point every day we have the opportunity to learn. I can not stress enough how vital it is that we open ourselves up to learning more each and every day.

Every now and again we find ourselves being stubborn to learning more. Now like I said it is OK to be stubborn, but only at the appropriate times. The worst time, is when there is an opportunity for life to teach us something.

For example:

An argument with a lover might put you in a defensive mood and cause you to be stubborn, but if you don’t let that stubbornness go then:

  • How are you going to learn what they are really asking for or wanting?
  • How are you going to take in and fully understand how they are feeling?
  • If you are thinking that everything is as you believe it is then how are you going to be able to take in any other opinions or facts?

We have to be open to other opinions in order to give ourselves the opportunity to learn.


We live in a world where currently we don’t have the luxury to always be stubborn. Facts and information on life and the world as we know it are constantly changing and if we are stuck in one spot then we are not doing ourselves a service at all! We need to always move forward so that we can be the best that we possibly can be, and the only way to move forward is to just stop being stubborn.

We need to learn when not to be stubborn.


So the next time you find yourself being stubborn ask yourself these three questions:

  • Could I actually learn something from this if I let my guard down?
  • If I dropped by guard could it be benefiting myself or someone I love?
  • If I stopped being stubborn and learned from this situation would It help me to grow as a person?

If any of those you answer with a

‘yes’,

then stop being stubborn and allow yourself to learn!

Learn to benefit you, to do yourself a service and help you to grow as the wonderfully unique individual you are. I’m not saying drop your beliefs or what you value and cherish but definitely give yourself the opportunity to grow and develop on those beliefs - learn from your experiences and others around you.

We allowed ourselves to learn as children because we allowed ourselves to constantly be open and willing to take in new information; our minds would just absorb anything and everything. Let your guard down now, no matter what stage you are in life. Keep your mind open and keep learning – your education doesn’t stop once you leave school, college or university – your education is ongoing throughout your life; every day there is an opportunity to learn so

Embrace it.


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