“Out of the box thinking” Part 4

Get out of the Box for some Creative Thinking Time

Get out of the Box for some Creative Thinking Time

“Nurture great thoughts, for you will never go higher than your thoughts.”  These words shared by Benjamin Disraeli exemplify what I have been sharing with you in this series of blog entries.  You will never go higher than your thoughts, so it only makes sense to think outside of the box.  Creative, innovative and forward thinking is what separates the highly successful people from those who excel at being average.  If you want to raise the bar in your life, you must first raise the bar in your thinking.

Let’s take a moment to review the first six steps to becoming an “Out of the box” thinker:

1)  Embrace change…don’t reject it
Remember that if you reject change you are ultimately rejecting your own success.  Let change be the catalyst that achieves your dreams.

2)  Adapt and Grow
Accept that society is changing and there is nothing you can do about it.  Your best decision is to adapt to the changes and grow from it.  Change your method but nor your message.

3)  Find your time wasters
Find the programs and events that no longer bring you the desired results and either change them or stop them all together.  Don’t waste time on unproductive events!

4)  Focus on the reward
When you’re making change, there will be pain.  Focus on the reward and the pain will be easier to deal with.

5)  Think like an entrepreneur
Remember that small thinking produces small results.  If you want to see greater results in your life and organization you will need to start thinking bigger.

6)  Be resourceful
Take a hard look at your organization and the goals you want to accomplish and get resourceful.  If you put your mind to it, you can figure out how to achieve all that you have dreamed.

Now let’s take a look at the final two steps to becoming an “Out of the box” thinker:

7)  Creative time
One of the best things you can do is to set aside some time in your calendar for creative thinking.  I  began to do this some time ago and it is enhancing my personal goals and vision.  You simply cut out four-six hours in your calendar and go away to think.  You can go to a park, coffee house or a restaurant, but find a place where you can get alone with a pad of paper and a pen and begin to spend some time in creative thinking.  You will be amazed how many ideas will be birthed as you strategically plan out some thinking time.
The Creator made you to think, so slow down long enough to exercise your mind and watch what happens.

8)  Take action
Knowledge is not power, it is the application of knowledge that is power.  All your creative ideas mean nothing unless you put them into action.  As you begin to become an “Out of the box” thinker you will also need to become a “get it done and then some” person.  Otherwise you will have great ideas with no wheels to make them roll.  Surround yourself with staff and leaders who can help you carry out the creative ideas that are lying deep inside of you.  You can do it!  Create, dream, believe and achieve.

Until next time,

Chris Sonksen


“One of the reasons people don’t achieve their dreams is that they
desire to change their results without changing their thinking.”

John C. Maxwell


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 27, 2009, in choices, Leadership, Personal Growth and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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