Thursday, August 2, 2012

Thrilling Thursday - Thinking Differently - Thinking Outside the Box

 Thrilling Thursday - sometimes it is thrilling to think outside the box and discover something new.

Throughout the month of August the Thrilling Thursday posts will be all about thinking differently. I am not suggesting that there is something wrong with your way of thinking or with my own. I am suggesting that it may be an interesting exercise to look at the world through different eyes.

outside the boxToday, in the thinking differently series, I am looking at "thinking outside the box." Everyone has heard the expression, "think outside the box." It is a common saying in many business circles. What we don't often hear is what does it mean to think outside the box. What is the box? How do you think outside the box?

The English tutor and lawyer in me  make me start the discussion with definitions. For our purposes today, the box is the way people normally look at something.
This means that instead of looking at thing the way we always do, we are going to look at them from a different perspective. I recently read a story about how Michelangelo had carved a statue and his patron told him the nose on the statute was wrong and needed to be changed. Michelangelo knew the statue would be ruined if the nose was changed so he moved his patron to a different spot and  pretended to change the nose. When the patron saw the statue from the new perspective he thought it was incredible and loved it.

Think Outside the Box.That is what I am proposing we do today. Look at a situation a new way, not the way you normally would, look at it in a different way. For example if you normally workout in the morning, try an afternoon or evening workout and see what it does for you. If you normally walk on the right side of the street, try walking on the left side and see how your perspective changes. I am not asking for large  crazy changes, just slight little changes  that will cause you to see things differently.  

The change in perspective may make you want to do things differently or it may confirm you were doing it the right way all along. So, the question this Thrilling Thursday is what box are you going to start thinking outside?

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