Special guest writer Eddie Harran: Our minds can change

Eddie Harran is an explorer of terra incognita. He is currently working with Huddle Labs exploring the redesign of value. He posted this on Facebook originally, I liked his message so much I wanted to it include it here, with permission of course. You can learn more about Eddie at the end of this post.

My opinions and perspectives change as I gather new information, feedback and ideas.

You are allowed to change your mind.

You are allowed to contradict yourself.

“Very well then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes.” – Walt Whitman

What made sense to you yesterday may no longer be what makes sense to you today. High likelihood that the reality tunnel you live in today will be very different to the one you will exist in in the future.

The identity that you are fixated on now may be the very thing that is stopping the next iteration of you that wants to burst forth from your psyche.

I often find the more embrassed I am of my former self, something I said or wrote or did, the greater indication that I am evolving. Noticing that I have evolved brings a deep sense of contentment that I find hard to fully articulate.

As scary as it may be, give yourself permission to reinvent who you are. People may not understand what the hell is going on. We see our front stages, but very rarely do others truly see all the complex dynamics of what is going on in your own back stage.

Follow your own curiosity, even if others don’t get it, for it is the first step that allows reinvention process to kick into gear.

“I may not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.” – Newton

“The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself. ” – Friedrich Nietzsche

You are an unfolding process, not a static thing. If you see your thoughts, as fixed, they will stay fixed. Treat them as continually morphing. As your thoughts morph, so in turn will aspects of you.

Be perpetually in beta.

So, change your mind; change it often, if you need to.

Change your perspective; reframe your lenses, if you need to.

Unapologetically, gracefully, liberated in your own self-realised decision that yes I give myself permission to change.

Eddie Harran is an Australian-based futurist, knowmad and the current Explorer-in-Residence at Deloitte Centre for the Edge Australia, a research think-tank exploring technology-driven change at the intersection of business, society and culture. Eddie helps people and organisations make sense of complexity and how to thrive in our new 21st-century era of exponential change. Eddie likes meaningful conversations, studying the philosophy of time, and watching superhero films.