Monday, April 14, 2014

Instead of thinking outside the box - GET RID OF THE BOX

BOX OUT – with this simple NLP technique.

If you are even a modest consumer of mass media like the internet, television, radio, newspapers, magazines and the like, there is a good chance your thoughts, beliefs and attitudes are not totally yours. Mass media spends billions of dollars on experts who tell them how to make your thoughts be their thoughts. As a result it homogenizes the thinking of the individual bringing the thinking to the level of “average.” Now, I don’t think “average” is bad. But its effect on you could be negative, because if you have the same thoughts, beliefs and attitudes as everyone else, you will produce the same average results as everyone else too.

Wouldn’t you agree that sometimes average just isn’t good enough? Wouldn’t you rather be outstanding? Wouldn’t you want to learn how to be the one with fresh ideas, a unique perspective and a different point of view? The one that constantly learns more, develops, is the best version of “you” and in the process helps others get there too.

One simple way of achieving this is by thinking out of the box.
What do we mean by “out of the box? It simply means:

  • Breaking existing paradigms or mindsets
  • Thinking differently
And how can you make ‘thinking out of the box’ simple?

Here is a very simple yet highly effective set of questions that are used to help you do just that. They allow you to explore outcomes and consequences and the overall ecology of a decision/problem/situation.
The four questions, referred to as the (NLP) Cartesian questions are:

  • What will happen if you do ‘X’
  • What won’t happen if you do ‘X’
  • What will happen if you don’t do ‘X’
  • What won’t happen if you don’t do ‘X’
Ask them in the order presented. After asking each one, ask “and what else?” until you or the person you are asking is exhausted of replies.

Cartesian questions are taught in NLP training and are used as part of the ‘loosening’ process to help move beyond previously set boundaries; blowing out current outlooks which significantly facilitates thinking differently.
As Deepak Chopra once said “Instead of thinking outside the box, get rid of the box.”

Statutory notice: Watch the video and jump right out of the box!

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