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in the box thinking …

“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”
Walt Disney

Boxes everywhere and everyone has a box, a box they can call their very own.  It is a box filled with assumptions and rules.  Rules that govern what can be done and can’t be done, what is real and what isn’t.  It is the box of life and thinking inside the box is what most people do,  and it is what most organizations do.  

The box is the set of limitations that an individual, organizational or culture imposes upon itself.   Seeing outside the box is difficult because of the rules that prevent the question like “what is outside the box?” , because that is a scary question.  Outside of the box is a place of the unknown and that is scary for most people.

The mind is in the box.   The emotions are inside the box.   The box is a safe place.  

The box protects people from having others peer inside to see what is really going on.   The box is a mask, a familiar mask that others see.  Occasionally someone gets to peer inside the box, but not too often.

Some people feel restricted by the box and want something new and something different but all they see is the walls of the box.   The higher they jump the higher the sides of the box grow.   So, they yell, “LET ME OUT OF HERE!”.    Most people are dealing with their own boxes and don’t have any new ideas on how to get out of a box.   

How do you get out of the box?

One way to start thinking outside of the box is to have someone who encourages you to think outside of the box.   What makes outside of the box thinking work is a place where non-judgmental thinking can take place.  In other words all ideas are safe and can be explored and built upon.   Too often ideas get judged and that pulls people right back into the box.   Thinking outside the box means that people are permitted to take risks with a thought, and idea or even an emotion.  

Thinking outside of the box leads to possibilities.  

Are you ready to think outside the box?



“Great dreams… never even get out of the box. It takes an uncommon amount of guts to put your dreams on the line, to hold them up and say, “How good or how bad am I?” That’s where courage comes in.”    Erma Bombeck