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How not to join a cult

Ok, this is all about exploring the pitfalls of toxic tribalism and the power of different points of view, being challenged and embracing the potential of changing our minds.

In this strange world we occupy (and this particular moment in time) we seem to be littered with tribal movements who want to tell us their way is the best way to X, Y and Z. Not only that, you must also shun any other way of living or philosophy on navigating the world too.

You know what I’m talking about and you’ve most likely encountered some of these movements in the form of:

  • Working methodologies
  • Eating protocols
  • Mindfulness practices
  • Productivity practice and life hacks

It’s not that any of these are inherently bad, some of them are good. The problem is the closed minded structure of having to choose one thing, stick with it and never go against it or embrace other philosophies to complement it.

That just sounds stupid to me…not only that, it stops growth.

As I get older, I become more aware of these groups/movements and the negative effects on our mind. I find that more and more of us inadvertently join a cult environment and have our thoughts caged and warped, without even knowing it.

I mean, you could be in a cult right now and not even know it!

So, we know being closed minded is not cool, right? It stops your potential to be better and do awesome things. 

The question for me then becomes – how do I avoid joining a cult?

Strategies to keep the mind free 

A free thinker’s approach to a growth mindset and embracing the freedom of choice.

Get your info, knowledge and general daily content/data from more than one source. 

Entrusting Twitter (or your preferred social network of choice) to be your one source of life facts is a slippery road my friends. Curate from multiple sources, not just one.

Seek alternative opinions to your own. 

It can be natural for all of us to engage in a bit of confirmation bias and only consume content for those who support our narrative. To avoid this trap, consume content and opinions that conflict with your own.

I’m not saying you need to change your mind but understanding an opposing view can enable you to have a clear rounded view on the topic.

Embrace diverse voices

Just because someone is not part of your same culture, age or professional industry, doesn’t mean they don’t have an important perspective.

Sometimes shaping our thoughts to make sure we’re doing what’s right, requires stepping out of our own worlds to embrace all people from all walks of life.

Be open to changing your mindset, habits and behaviours.

I always encourage myself and those around me to nurture a growth mindset, not a fixed one – I mean, I would be a crap learning practitioner if I wasn’t. If you receive new information that is evidence based in truth and challenges your current thinking, then be open to change.

We age and evolve, as do our sometimes firmly held belief. Holding onto beliefs that will limit you, just because you think changing your mind will make you look weak, is all a play of your own thoughts. Always be open to change if it is the route to better living.


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