4 ways to grow curiosity in your life

by | FearLess, Parenting with Courage

Curiosity is the compass that leads to our passions. It is one of the greatest secrets to happiness, so live life with curiosity.


“Curiouser and curiouser!” Cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English).” This is what Lewis Carroll wrote in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Curiosity is hope waiting to be discoveredAlice in Wonderland

What a thought! How can growing courage and curiosity make your life more meaningful?

If you’ve followed me for a while, you will know that I am passionate about seeing you grow into health and wholeness. My posts are often about conquering fear, overcoming obstacles and family. We are called to living a life of so much more; more than just existing but truly making a difference around us. From the way we take care of our environment to the way we do business and love our families, we are here to leave this world a better place than we found it.
The Creator of heaven and earth left us with a commission to take care of this planet and raise our children with His guidance. We were made for more…

But how do we get to the more?

When I read the news, my heart breaks at the devastation I see around the world. Surely, we can do better. Surely, we can love better.
But how? Well, what about cultivating curiosity in our lives and encouraging others to do the same?

Here are 4 ways to grow curiosity in your life (and if you’re a parent, you can use these techniques in your children’s lives too):

Firstly, ask questions.

Don’t just accept the status quo. The ability to question things and ask a good question is one of the ways to wisdom. What do you spend time thinking about? Is there a mystery you can solve?

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvellous structure of reality. – Albert Einstein

Secondly, figure out what holds you back?

What are you afraid of and how has that fear shaped your life? Fear is a liar and a bully. I’ve walked a road of working through fear. You cannot ignore it, but journey through it to the other side and I know that your life will be far more beautiful and robust when you push through.

Change can be super scary, but staying where you are not always the best option. Become curious about what your life could look like when you try that new business venture or think about the positive outcomes that could take place when you get rid of fear?

Thirdly, try something new.

I’ve put this one after conquering fear because trying something new involves curiosity and courage. I saw this sign recently, “Be brave enough to suck at something new.” How amazing is that? What about trying to listen to a different style of music to what you are used to or even watching a different type of movie or read a different genre? Start with little things and watch your life open up.

This week, I’m trying something new. Together, with a group of friends, we are beginning our journey of hiking up the 13 peaks around the Western Cape. We will tackle it over multiple weekends. It’s something new, it’s challenging and I’m hoping it will be fun.

Fourthly, eliminate absolutes from your vocabulary (your inner critic and words you use).

I want to encourage you to remove words such as, “never, must, every, or always.” For example, “I will never open my heart again,” or “I always say the wrong thing.” These words are all-encompassing and trap you. So, take care of how you speak to yourself and the words you use in conversations. Be kind and gracious to yourself. If you find yourself using these words, ask yourself what led you to say or think that thought? Replace these absolute words with gentler, more open-hearted words.

What else would you add to this list? I’d love to hear from you.

PS To celebrate something new and our attempt at climbing 13 peaks, the absolute best socks ever, Balega socks are offering 10% off every purchase using this code: MANDI_HART_10

 

 

 

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