Here are some ways to accelerate the unlearning of old judgments and limitations:
1. Learn to play again. Kids are the most creative creatures because they let their imaginations run wild. Kids don’t put down their ideas; instead, they jump in with wild enthusiasm, excited by their originality. Let go.
2. Take more risks. Seek out new experiences (sky dive, scuba, climb a mountain, write a poem, try improv comedy). Do something that gets you outside your comfort zone. These experiences invite the brain to consider things it might not otherwise encounter.
3. Seek out the awesome. Find something or some place that leaves you with your mouth wide open in awe-watching the birth of a newborn, standing at the edge of the Grand Canyon. Seek out experiences that help you not take yourself so seriously.
4. Trust your unconscious. Our most important self is that part over which we have no conscious control, like breathing, responding instinctively to threats or falling in love. Our unconscious mind, or intuitive self, has a lot to teach us.
All of these ways open the unconscious mind to allow fresh ideas to bubble up. Accelerate your unlearning in an environment that values openness. Perhaps Marcel Proust said it best, “the real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”