If you want to see a fresh mind, just look at a child on Christmas morning. With all that eagerness and joyful anticipation, the moments before the festivities begin are as delicious to a child as the actual event. What makes this possible?
A fresh mind doesn’t take anything for granted. A fresh mind seeks answers. A fresh mind is curious.
When we’re curious, we enjoy new experiences and look for challenges. We keep an open mind. We’re eager to learn something new. Curiosity is contagious. Watching children on Christmas morning, we remember our own youth and feel it a little too.
If you want to make other people pay attention to what you have to say, keep them curious. One way of doing that is to show yourself enjoying an experience. It doesn’t matter what age we are. When we see someone having fun, we want to have fun too.
Recently a good friend shared a photo of her son’s curiosity. One evening her husband came home with a dozen roses. She filled a jar with water, cut the flower stems and carefully arranged the roses as her husband watched. Then she paused for a moment and enjoyed the smell with a big smile on her face. Her one-year-old son was watching the entire time.
What happened next was practically inevitable. As soon as she went out of the room, her toddler son climbed onto the table to smell the roses. He was curious to find out exactly what made his mother smile. When he breathed in the roses, the toddler smiled too. Quietly watching from nearby, his parents caught a photo of the moment.
We can learn so much from children and their curiosity. Entrepreneur Jim Rohn says that along with curiosity, children show us how important it is to experience excitement, faith and trust. But how do we cultivate curiosity as adults?
John Maxwell includes the Law of Curiosity in his book “The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth”. Here are his ten tips for stimulating your curiosity:
Curiosity is truly one of the keys to growth. So remember, never stop asking questions. Put no limits on your curiosity. To help yourself stay curious, hang out with children and feed on their inquisitiveness. Think like a beginner. Ask why.
Unleash your curiosity by getting up every morning, excited for the day, looking forward to new experiences and surprises. Learn something new every day and ask lots of questions. Then and only then will you have captured that child-like mindset.
The best is yet to come. It starts with you.