Are You Thinking Outside of the Box?

Before I even get going, this was not my idea. It was my husband’s, the dentist. And it’s a great idea. We have heard ad­ nauseum of thinking outside of the box. How innovative something is. That we need to “Think outside of the box.” I’m going to tell you where that saying comes from, it’s not recent, and why you may want to incorporate it into not only your practice, most importantly, your life.

First, there is no limit to how, or what we think. (Pause and ponder that.)

No one has yet discovered the limitations of the power of his own mind.  ~Napoleon Hill

During the 1970’s and 80’s management consultants were encouraged to think outside the box, and given a puzzle called the 9 dot 4 line puzzle.


The “nine dots” puzzle. The goal of the puzzle is to link all 9 dots using four straight lines or fewer, without lifting the pen and without tracing the same line more than once.

So, you think that in order to have more, in your life, you must work more, try harder, etc. I’m here to say, not necessarily so. That is average, everyday thinking. There is another way.  A way that has been available to you, since the beginning of time.

I’m going to categorize you as a circumstanced based thinker. As a result of your current situations, you have a certain way that you think, based on your circumstances. What if there was another way of thinking? What if, we could make a shift in our conditioned based thinking, change our paradigm, (what we currently believe, and our current situation) to a more expansive way of thinking? That’s a big what if. That is thinking… outside of the box.

I’m going to give you a week to ponder this. You could Google the answer, for your sake I’m going to encourage you not to. Sit with it. You may be able to figure it out, all on your own. If you know the answer, ponder and think about how you might view your current situations differently. Next week, I’ll give you the answer, to the puzzle, and how to access opportunities that are all around you.

Strength ­ The willingness to being vulnerable to new opportunities, with our thinking.

Dignity ­ Taking full responsibility for our current circumstances, and how we view them.

Grace ­ Forgive yourself, for your limited beliefs up until now.

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