You know the great expression "Think outside the box" as I was considering it I realised of course it is much easier said than done, because when you are inside the box that is your whole experience. It takes quite a leap to be able to notice what is possible outside the box.
First let's consider what is the box? It might be your habits, your own thinking, your business, your career, the culture you are in; national, business, family culture, that create boundaries and limits around what you think you can be, do or have.
These artificaial limits all affect the way you perceive what is going on around you and the options you believe are possible for you. I say artificial because you are not born with those limits, you have learnt them somewhere along the way. It might have been a teacher telling you you are useless at learning Irish (the language) & it depends on the intonation with which it is delivered how you pick it up or the number of times you hear it. You could have taken it up that you are 'useless'. Or that you are not good at 'learning'. Both of these are fairly global concepts and might go on to influence your belief in your own abilities to grow. Or of course it could have just been like an airplane and gone straight over the top of your head, not connecting with you or impacting you at all...happy days.
How can you combat that old thought virus? You can ask yourself "What if I was good at learning." Just consider. What that could do to your box. Do the walls get shorter so you can see over them? Or perhaps they become transparent so that although they are still there you can easily see a whole world beyond them, think about the opportunities this opens up.
This is just done way to think ca out how to limit the restrictions of your thought boxes. If you have a favourite do share it by commenting below.
Have fun, until the next time.
Julie Silfverberg has worked in the field of personal and professional development for more than 20 years. She works with a diverse and exciting group of people. Each with their own unique talents and potential.