“Out of the box” thinking Part – 1

Start Thinking Out of the Box

Start Thinking Out of the Box

True leaders are thinkers, at least those who want to do something significant.  If you desire to grow and to move your team or organization to new levels, you must begin to think in new ways.  Often we fall into the trap of doing things the same way. This method may produce results but eventually it will bring you to mediocrity or even lower.

Author and speaker Charles Swindoll noted:

“Competitive excellence requires 100 percent all of the time.  If you doubt that, try maintaining excellence by setting your standards at 92 percent.  Or even 95 percent.  People figure they’re doing fine so long as they get somewhere near it.  Excellence gets reduced to acceptable and before long, acceptable doesn’t seem worth the sweat if you can get by with adequate.  After that, mediocrity is only a breath away.”

This powerful statement describes the pattern of many leaders.  They start off with the idea of “excellence” but end up with mediocrity.  Quit often this results from limited thinking or lazy thinking.  The fact is, if you want to move forward and upward your thinking must become outward.  You must think differently if you desire different results.
Here is the first set of steps you can take toward “Out of the box” thinking…

1)  Embrace change…don’t reject it
Often in organizations people fall into the trap of “same way” thinking.  They have always done it this way and so they will always do it this way.  It has worked in the past so it will work in the future.  Unfortunately this type of thinking will create a downward spiral in any company or organization.  People like Henry Ford learned this in the early years, when other car companies began to adapt to the needs of the customer, but Mr. Ford was resistant to change.  Computer companies like IBM and Apple struggled when people like Microsoft hit the market.  WHY?  Because they were unwilling to change.

Change is difficult.  It requires work.  Challenges thinking. Threatens egos.  Creates friction among the teams and their leaders.  Simply put…”out of the box” thinking is hard work.  However, it is a path that must be taken by any leader desiring to improve his or her organization.  The world is moving and it will move with or without you.  Embrace the change or reject it, but understand your choice will have serious consequences.
2)  Adapt and Grow
Do you have to tell your body to change?  Do you have to inform your cells on what to do?  Is getting old something you have to work on or does it happen automatically?  Do you have to force yourself to get wrinkles or lose hair?  Of course not!  These changes happen by natural circumstance.  We are engineered to grow, to expand beyond today; physically, mentally and emotionally.  The moment we lose sight of this,  the instant we convince ourselves that change is bad, we begin limiting ourselves.

Those who attempt to fight what is natural fall behind.  Do yourself a favor, do your organization and team a favor.  Learn to adapt to the changing culture around you and grow from it.  Don’t settle for the way things are set your sights on the way thing could be!

Until next time,
Chris Sonksen

“When the mind is expanded, it never returns back to its original formation.”

– Oliver Wendell Holmes

Chris Sonksen is a celebrated Motivational Speaker and Published Author; the Lead Pastor at one of America’s fastest growing churches (South Hills Church in Corona California); and the founding member of Celera Church Strategy Group. Celera offers pastor support, teaching, training and mentoring programs that equip pastors who want to learn how to grow church attendance through evangelism using proven church growth techniques.


About Chris Sonksen

Chris Sonksen is the founder and Lead Pastor of South Hills Church and has an exceptional ability to inspire both secular and non-secular audiences. Under his leadership, South Hills has experienced phenomenal growth and in just a few short years has grown from a handful of people to nearly 3000 in attendance today. Today South Hills has become a thriving, multi-service and multi-site church. Chris has a magnetic, captivating and humorous style for motivating and inspiring all audiences. As a motivational speaker, he has spoken both nationally and internationally in companies such as Verizon, Securitas and Home Depot, and there is no doubt that by applying his teachings, his audience will improve the quality of their lives! Chris is the author of two books In Search of Higher Ground and Handshake. Chris is the founder of Celera Church Strategy Group an organization with an unwavering commitment to excellence in all things, with the goal to “raise the national average of church attendance,” by equipping church leaders with resources and coaching. Chris brings high-energy focus and a passion for vision and leadership to encourage and equip the local Church. Chris is a native Californian, born in Long Beach and currently resides in Corona with his wife, Laura and their two children, Grace and Aidan.

Posted on June 18, 2009, in choices, goal setting, Leadership, Personal Growth, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Great blog Chris. Looking forward to the next one.

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