The ability to change your mind is a sign of true intelligence. (I wish I know where I heard this and who said it. If you do, let me know.)
You make decisions everyday. None of them are trivial.
Have you thought about that? There is not a single decision you make about your life that does not have a meaningful and long term impact.
What you wear.
What you eat.
When you wake up.
What activities you choose.
Who you spend your time with.
What books you read.
All of these simple decisions can have a lasting impact because your life is the result of all of your decisions.
Our behavior is a function of our decisions, not our conditions.
Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
How do you make decisions?
There are several ways.
You make decisions out of habit. It’s the way you have always done something. Maybe your parents did something a certain way, and you emulate it.
You make decisions out of pressure. You don’t want to look foolish in front of your friends. You felt as if you had no choice.
You make decisions out of convenience. It simply felt that it was the easiest option at the time.
You make decisions out of carefully weighed options. You evaluated the information you have and made the best decision from what you know in order to achieve the outcome you prefer.
The last method is the best. When you are made aware of the outcome of your decisions, you can make a conscious choice.
No matter what, though, it’s a choice.
Changing your mind.
Changing your mind about a decision is no different than changing your mind about the way you make a decision.
If every decision you make has lasting, compound impact on your life, why not make conscious decisions with an outcome in mind?
After all, the ability to change your mind is a sign of true intelligence.