Thinking outside the box was a breakthrough concept at the time of its introduction. Thinking outside the box (also thinking out of the box or thinking beyond the box) is a metaphor that means to think differently, unconventionally, or from a new perspective. This phrase often refers to novel or creative thinking. The term is thought to derive from management consultants in the 1970s and 1980s challenging their clients to solve the “nine dots” puzzle, whose solution requires some lateral thinking.
The catchphrase, or cliché, has become widely used in business environments, especially by management consultants and executive coaches, and has been referenced in a number of advertising slogans. To think outside the box is to look further and to try not thinking of the obvious things, but to try thinking of the things beyond them.
Does it really pay dividends or does it stagnates and cripples us from moving forward? Does it applies pressure and triggers to overwhelming emotions? We need to explore this concept and attempt to add some clarity to this idea of thinking outside the box, for it to function the way people customarily think.
What we believe is that “Thinking inside our box is a must for success.” If you truly believe in God then you must believe that God has put all that we need to survive and thrive inside of us. We have a built-in resource factory that is constantly at work 24 hours a day seven days a week working round the clock manufacturing resources that will move us forward in our life. As we move forward, our factory innovates, designs and develops new resources. For example, we have an idea that will make a difference in the world and create abundance of wealth for us at the same time. When we put that idea in motion and as we move toward the end goal, resources that we didn’t even thought of shows up. You need money and someone shows up with it; you need marketing advice and someone with that expertise suddenly appears. Paulo Cohelo says, “When we’re going after something greater than us and persist, the universe must conspire to help us attain that goal or the end results, it has no choice.”
Our manufacturing plant of resources never shuts down, it’s at work constantly. When we’re out seeking our most burning desires, our box produces the resources that bring forth the results. It’s not looking outward that counts the most but rather seeking inward does. We are provided with an unlimited supply of resources that we can activate anytime. However, some of us have what I called “resource blindness”. We’ve developed this over time and we tend to utilize it very often. “Too many people know when to give up and make excuses, not enough don’t know when not to give up”.
Resources blindness is a disease. We’re always looking outwards and making excuses, giving reasons why we can’t go after our dreams and why it won’t work. All of us have great ideas, every one of us do. God didn’t make one person do great in their life and the next to suffer. I believe we’re all made great and have undiscovered greatness inside of us. We all have dormant abilities that when discovered do amazing things, even surprise ourselves. Greatness is an endless supply of tools in our box. We only need to reach in and pull them out. Sometimes we need to dig very deep to get to those tools; do things we wouldn’t normally do, but that’s the time the resources we need show up.
Resources is like the ocean. It doesn’t matter how much we use, it’s constantly replenishes itself. It just keep producing.
To your success.
Hanh Consulting – Move People
The origins of the phrase “thinking outside the box” are obscure; but it was popularized in part because of a nine-dot puzzle, which John Adair claims to have introduced in 1969. Management consultant Mike Vance has claimed that the use of the nine-dot puzzle in consultancy circles stems from the corporate culture of the Walt Disney Company, where the puzzle was used in-house.
Christopher Columbus’s Egg Puzzleas it appeared in Sam Loyd’s Cyclopedia of Puzzles.
The nine dots puzzle is much older than the slogan. It appears in Sam Loyd’s 1914 Cyclopedia of Puzzles. In the 1951 compilation The Puzzle-Mine: Puzzles Collected from the Works of the Late Henry Ernest Dudeney, the puzzle is attributed to Dudeney.