How open are you to new experiences?
When someone asks if you want to try out something new or visit an unfamiliar place, etc?
How comfortable are you with unexpected situations?
When things don’t go as planned, when coffee spills on your clothes, when you meet with an accident?
How reactive are you when you experience negative situations?
Do you panic, complain, fixate on the problem?
Although openness to experience measures how receptive someone is to novel situations, what’s arguably more important is our response to negative situations.
After all, certain negative situations can be considered new experiences.
Such as the death of a close friend.
Missing a big project deadline.
Or maybe even eating lunch alone.
How open and ready are you for these kinds of situations?
If you’re not, don’t worry.
It’s something that can be trained.
It’s never too late.
The secret is in re-framing negative situations.
If you’re experiencing the death of a close friend, think about how they’re in a better place now.
If you missed a big project deadline, think about how you can prevent it from happening again.
If you’re eating lunch alone, think about how you don’t have to spend energy talking to others.
Instead of being fixated on negative thoughts and self-talk when something bad happens, focus on solutions and alternative thinking.
It’s all about building positive mental habits.