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Outside The Box: 12 Ways to Change Your Life

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Hello again and welcome back to another edition of hypno news. Where we talk all things hypno from history to hypnotic oddities and more. Today I want to talk about a common phrase and 12 ways that you can use it to change you mind and your life. Because while hypnosis is useful, there are plenty of things you can do on your own to change your life as well. And if you still need a bit of help after that, there’s always hypnosis.

Think Outside The Box

Yes, I know. It’s a saying you’ve heard a million times. Something we are often encouraged to do when we’re stuck. Many of us believe that we do this all the time. And that is accurate…to an extent. Where we often forget to apply this is in life lasting change work within ourselves. We get so stuck that we can’t even see that we are still stuck inside the box. Or maybe its just a box inside a box and we aren’t seeing the bigger problem.

“If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.”  

– George S. Patton.

Now, the problem isn’t that we are incapable. Instead, it’s simply that you have to understand the nature of the box binding your thoughts. How can you even begin to contemplate change if you can’t even see the box you’re in or have the wrong color, or (insert additional box descriptions here). Additionally, It’s important to understand your current rules and conventions that guide your decision making process.

Thinking outside the box means to think something extraordinary (or at least not obvious). And once you find your way out of the box, its hard to end up back stuck in it because you now you understand what was there and often realize that is not where you desire to be. Getting outside the box allows you to constantly begin to think of new ways to get work done or live effectively. Make no mistake however, it is not easy, and requires some time and effort on your part.

The following ideas are designed to help you begin to think outside the box. To stimulate that creative part of yourself. So that you can achive all your hopes and dreams. Whether they be personal or professional. If you can think outside of the box, you can do anything.

“And will you succeed, oh yes, indeed, ninety-nine and three quarters percent guaranteed.

Dr. Seuss, Oh The Places You’ll Go

1.Keep Your Mind Open

An open mind and maybe some unconventional wisdom is the first step to thinking outside of the box. Thinking outside the box requires you to be a bit different from ordinary or nonconformist. It’s like being a detective looking under every rock for any answer they need. Look beyond the traditional ways of accomplishing tasks. Don’t reinvent the wheel, but trying a new way to do something you’re familiar with could teach you a more productive method. There is often a better way to get something done, you just may not have discovered it yet!

2. Challenge Yourself

Find something new to learn. Learning something new teaches you not only a new set of skills, but possibly a new way of looking at things. It’s kind of like how different brain puzzles increase your ability in different areas of your brain. The same is true of skills and experiences. You should be willing to take new perspectives to your day-to-day work. Actively seek new ways to challenge yourself on a regular (or daily) basis and you’ll learn new ways of thinking.

3. When a Door Closes Another Opens

When was the last time you questioned the status quo in some realm of your life? Or approached a problem in a new innovative way? Everyone has something they can improve in their life. Maybe there is an easier way to do something you always do.

And in that vein, question everything. Think like a kid. My little one is constantly questioning and going through as many possibilities as she can. Until she either realizes she cannot do something (yet…) or comes up with an idea (that may result in a mess).

4. Listen More…Speak Less

New ideas that are still forming should be nurtured, supported and respected. They may not pan out, but give them a chance. Sometimes it just takes that one last step for what seem like a fruitless idea, to bear fruit. Don’t just shoot down the ideas of yourself or others. And don’t go so far as to try to reinvent the wheel. A study at the University of Pittsburgh (Chan, Schunn & Dow, 2014) found that if you’re struggling to solve a problem, look at how people close to you are solving similar problems.

5. Be Spontaneous

Routine can be good, but doing the same thing every day, will kill even the smartest mind. Try something new, even it it is just minimizing some routine in your life. Or try to solve a problem in a new way. Encourage yourself to look at things differently

More importantly, if you find yourself stuck in a rut, make a change in your routine. Do something out of the ordinary, even if its just mixing up your chores for the week. Routine is great for productivity. But when you are seeking that creativity and inspiration that leads to problem solving, you gotta try something different. Those two things don’t occur in the same part of the brain. Seek out that headspace, whatever it looks like for you. Stretch outside that box.

6. Honey Do Apps

Everyone has great ideas. We often just have them at the worst moments ever. Then we go back and try to remember, but we’ve lost them. Get yourself an app to write down ideas. My personal fav is google keep. I like its share function and how its linked to my google account.

Either way when you think of something you need to do or an idea jot it down in your favorite app. Adopt the save-as-you-go attitude. Some of my best ideas come while I’m driving in the car. So often, I’ll set up a recording app to record any great ideas. I can listen to them again later and sometimes there’s a gem in there.

7. Drop It Like A Bad Habbit

Negative thought processes inhibit creativity. While thinking inside the box isn’t always a bad thing, you could be letting yourself down getting bogged down in old habits and mannerisms. Debbie downers, fear of failure, perfectionism, and strict adherence to the rules, have all proven to inhibit creativity. When you refuse to review the way you think about things, you cannot verify if they are useful or healthy for you. Learn to reflect upon what you do to gain insights into your own motivations and thought process. And if you find a habit you need to change, then do it.

One suggestion, for the gamers out there , check out habitica. An old school 8bit RPG (role playing game) to do list where you can fight the procrastination monster by completing items on your to do list. You also gain experience for your character by engaging in healthier habits you choose and write down on your list. It’s self monitored but if you’re ready to change, its a great (and fun) way to start.

8. New Places and Spaces

If you are trying to get outside of a box it can be a challenge if you don’t change your environment as well. Maybe you need to check out a new place or do a little redecorating here or there. Your mileage may vary.

Or maybe you need to surround yourself with new people. Try a new place. A fresh location. Maybe a new friend. Or take a break somewhere you wouldn’t normally go. New places promotes fresh and invigorating thoughts. Eventually, it can help you think outside the box you’re stuck in.

9. Do Something Different

Do something new. Different. Shake it up a bit, if you will. If you usually watercolor try chalk. Or maybe learn to play an instrument. You’ll feel a bit odd at first, but that’s good. Work yourself through the discomfort and you may find something new. We do the same things with food. If we never tired anything different, we never learn if we’re missing out on something that taste great.

Or you can read a type of book you wouldn’t normally read. The discomfort you feel is your brain attempting to wrap itself around something unfamiliar. Diversity is good for us. Try as much of it as you can. A little bit of everything. We have an unprecedented amount of access to new information.

10. Meet New People

Expand your social sphere. The same people tell the same stories and have the same advice. It’s great to have a trusted friend you can confide in. Someone new who can help you see a way out of the box you’re stuck in. Sometimes an old friend can do this, and sometimes they are stuck in there with you. Unable to see the forest for the trees.

Be brave. Encounter as many different cultures as you can. Broaden your horizons. I learned so much when I traveled. I learned quickly by immersion into their language and culture. You don’t actually have to go somewhere abroad to do that either. Simply delving into new scenarios with new people can give you a taste of that feeling as well. And sometimes a taste is all you need.

11. Think Limitless Options

Additionally, engage in thought exercises to learn more about yourself. Your priorities, your dreams, and even your desires. Imagine there are no limits in your life. No concerns about time, money or resources. How would you handle the problem? What would you do?

We often have goals and immediately think about reasons why we can’t do x,y, or z. We see the problems first. This approach let’s you see solutions first. Which may even help you find one you didn’t know you were looking for.

12. Change Perception

Sometimes it helps to step into the shoes of someone else. For example, try to imagine what they see, hear, feel, and think. How they might respond to your circumstances. Sometimes trying on others beliefs, ideas, or strategies help you to come up with new options. On the other hand, you can try to imagine wearing them like clothes and see what you come up with. Or consider stepping outside of the scenario. Be a fly on the wall who is neutral. This may take a bit more work obviously. In the end, you may be surprised what you discover.

You Can Do It!

Regardless, do not restrain yourself to what you have done in the past. Take what you can from your experiences. See where you can reapply them to new places. Everyone can think outside the box. For as difficult as it may seem, it’s just a matter of changing how you think about the problem. Like any other skill, including hypnosis, it just takes practice.

Finally, don’t constrain yourself to what has already been done. What can you take from other experiences you’ve had? What can you learn from something completely unrelated to the problem at hand? The next time you have a problem that needs solving, look at it from a different lens and see what you can come up with. Practice doing things differently every day and you’ll find yourself thinking outside of the box more regularly and in more beneficial ways.

You Got This!

Have a great week and check back in next week for the next installment of hypno news.

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