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Sometimes It's OK to Change Our Minds -

Many times, especially right before elections, we hear accusations of a candidate being a “flip-flopper” or being “wishy-washy”, which basically means someone held a certain position on an issue and then changed his or her position later. This is typically perceived as a weakness or flaw in character.  There are times, however, when it’s all right to change our minds.

This is not to say that it’s a good thing to be consistently indecisive, but there are benefits to being open-minded enough to admit when we’ve made a mistake or have discovered information that has a direct bearing on our original decision. Things change and we learn and grow.

Here are some examples of when it might be OK to change our minds:

  • A change in tactic will help us reach a goal more effectively

  • Expectations fail to reflect reality

  • It’s for the many versus the few

  • New methods outperform old ones

  • Technology evolves

  • We learn more information

  • We made a decision based on emotion

  • We’ve outgrown or evolved beyond an original belief

As the saying goes, “To err is human”.  And we are human. We don’t always get things right the first time. In the end, we’re the ones who have to live with our decisions. That’s why we have the right to change our minds, even when it means some people may not be happy about the change.

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