Professionals and nonprofessionals alike are often encouraged to think outside the proverbial box. At Alliance Concepts, we think the advice makes perfect sense. Pushing beyond convention is the only way to facilitate positive change. As important as innovative thinking is, however, many individuals aren’t sure how to actually do it.
Admittedly, thinking outside the box is quite complex. It’s a matter of temporarily abandoning beliefs and judgments, empathizing with the opinions of others, being vulnerable to the fact that you aren’t always right, and looking at things from the perspectives of others. When we need to jumpstart our creativity, we try the techniques we learned in the Alliance Concepts training program:
- Take a Different Approach: Identify something you need to accomplish. It need not be a complicated task – just something you must do. Then write down your plan for completing that task, in great detail. Then commit to doing your chore any way other than the one you planned.
- Visit Another World: There’s a great deal of comfort in monotony, doing the same things every day and knowing what to expect as a result. We challenge you to break free from your routines and try something new. You might study another language, for instance, or adopt a new hobby.
These are just a few of many ways to think outside the box, and our team members at Alliance Concepts are sure they will spark some new insights for you.