“Out of the box” thinking Part 2

Thinking Out Of The Box

Thinking Out Of The Box

Last time we began an article entitled “Out of the box” thinking.  We learned that true leaders are those who desire to grow and move forward.  In addition, we learned that the only way to grow and move forward is to embrace the idea of “Out of the box” thinking.

Often leaders make the mistake of thinking that if they do things the same way that somehow they will get different results.  Or they start off with excellence in mind, but soon excellence isn’t worth the hassle if acceptable will do.  The result is that mediocrity is only a breath away.

The first two steps we looked at in becoming an “Out of the box” thinker were…

1)  Embrace change…don’t reject it
People have to be willing to change and accept that it is the pathway that leads to success.  Change is inevitable if you want to grow.  Rejecting change is a form of surrendering to the concept that ‘this is the best it will ever be.’

2)  Adapt and grow
You don’t have to remind your body to grow or for some of us, your head to lose hair.  These are natural circumstances that take place in the growing process of life.  We are engineered to grow.  In the same fashion society is engineered to grow and change.  Unless you adapt and begin growing you will be left behind.

Here are a couple of more tips to help you in the “Out of the box” thinking process…

3)  Find your time wasters
Most people never recognize that the real enemy in progress is the inability to sort through the clutter of what use to work, but isn’t effective anymore.  We waste time, energy and finances on programs and ideas that produced results years ago, but have long become obsolete.  Clear the clutter, if it isn’t working, find a new way of doing it, or stop doing it all together.  Quit spinning your wheels on projects that aren’t rolling.  By clearing the clutter you will be forced to become an “Out of the box” thinker.

4)  Focus on the reward
Often we avoid change because it requires pain.  The pain may include:  Evaluating your personal performance, being honest about your progress or looking deep into concepts you have pioneered.  The change may require the pain of letting go, eliminating projects, removing individuals or saying goodbye to a tradition you have held onto stronger then you should have.  The fact…change is difficult.  However, if you will learn to focus on the reward of change it may help you in the process.  Keep your eye on the results that lie ahead.  When you begin to see the results you have wished for, the pain will seem minimal in light of the reward.

Until next time,

Chris Sonksen


“Small problems are difficult to see, but easy to fix.  However, when you let
these problems develop, they are easy to see but difficult to fix.”
Niccolo Macchiavelli

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 22, 2009, in choices, Leadership, Personal Growth and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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