5 Ways to live outside of your creative box

Thinking outside of the box is a common statement, but do we truly understand how to get out of our traditional thinking? Traditional thinking typically stems from societies and communities and their shared belief system. Because these teachings are upheld and respected within the community it tends to be embedded and ingrained in our frame of thinking. When we think in opposition of or out of reach we are reprimanded for thinking for ourselves and at times shunned or outcasted. So traditional thinking is impacted by our environment.

What happens when you step out of your “mentally traditional” environment? You start thinking OUTSIDE of the box!!!!

So here are a few techniques you can use to help you step out, crawl out, jump out or fall out! Whichever method you use just to get out and explore what’s out there!

1.Believe: The first step is to trust yourself and believe in your thought. When taking this first step in believing you begin to at to your conviction thus creating a passion.

2.Open-Minded Thinking: Be open with your thoughts, do not shame any of them. Accept and acknowledge them and then make a choice on if you want to follow them or not. That type of control is beautiful.

3.Implement the “how”: There is power in the word HOW! Using this words creates solutions to your problems in your ever thinking brain! EMBRACE it and USE it!

4.Ask and Listen: If you need to brainstorm or mastermind with other like-minded people, DO IT!!!

5.Expand your mind: Learn from others and implant what you learned, see if it is a good fit.

“Instead of thinking outside of the box, get out of the box.” – Deepak Chopra

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Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Many see this question and think, that is so far down the line why should I even bother with thinking that far. There is power in imagination and visualization. When you lack vision it is difficult to see beyond just a few feet in front of you. This is a difficult concept to digest is life is not where you were or where you are but where you want to be. An easier to chew on this statement is, my favorite quote, Life is a journey NOT a destination. 

There is a short story I read this morning from the book “The Magic of Thinking Big” by David J Schwartz, that opened my eyes to a stronger conviction and deeper understanding of this concept.

There was a young man who needed help on making a job change, a seemingly common question in this day and age. The first question the young man was asked was “what kind of job are you looking for?” The young man’s response was a very common one, “I don’t know what I want to do”.

The mentor said “Let’s look at your career plan from a different lens, where do you see yourself in 10 years? Here is where the young man was stumped (like many if not most of us do), his response was a cookie cutter and generic. “I guess I want what just about everyone else wants: a good job that pays well and a nice home… I haven’t give it too much thought.” I had a sigh of relief when I read this, did you? Why, because it hit me I am not the only one!

The analogy given to the young man is something you should take away and place in your, what I like to call, life hack tool box.

Let say life is an airport, we go to the airline ticket counter and ask for a ticket. Without a destination, you can not start your journey. Now do not confuse that with my earlier quote, life has no destination, it is a journey. Keep in mind a journey has many destinations, do not limit yourself to just one.

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

Cheers to your success – D

“Every bit of human progress-our inventions big and little medical discoveries, our engineering triumphs, our business successes-were first visualized before they became realities.” David J Schwartz “The Magic of Thinking Big”

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