Escape the box!

Out of the BoxTo ‘think outside the box’ – thinking creatively, unimpeded by orthodox or conventional constraints, is a cliché that has been used since the early 1970’s. The use of a box symbolizes restrained, unimaginative thinking. So to be creative and innovative, you must think outside the box or just plain get out of it, as Mitch Ditkoff, president of Idea Champions advises!

Ditkoff says that if you can begin to really understand what the six sides of a box represent, you’ll improve your chances of getting out of the box. Doing so, he says, will increase your knack of coming up with that next big idea or the solution to a problem that you’ve been searching for!

To get started, Ditkoff provides “The Six Sides of the So-Called Box” and why most people are trapped inside the box. They include:

  1. Fear – If you want to increase the odds of being trapped in a box for the rest of your life, all you need to do is increase the amount of fear you feel.
  2. Powerlessness – Powerlessness is a state of mind in which people think they have no choice – that they are victims of circumstance, that the act of attempting anything new is futile.
  3. Isolation – A box is usually small and confining. Rarely is there enough room for more than one person. The result? Isolation – with no one to talk to, no one to bounce ideas off, and no one to collaborate with.
  4. Assumptions – Assumptions are the guesses we make based on our subjective interpretation of reality. Ultimately, it’s our assumptions that shape our world.
  5. Mental Clutter – If you find yourself in the box, it would be fair to say that the box contains you. But what do you contain? If you are like most people in today’s over-caffeinated, hyper-kinetic, information overloaded world the answer is simple: too much.
  6. Narrow Mindedness – When you’re in the box, it’s hard to see! Sight lines are limited. Vision is obscured. You become shortsighted. Vision conforms to that which confines it. You become, soon enough, narrow-minded.

Click here to take an in-depth look at Ditkoff’s reasons why most people can’t see beyond their immediate surroundings – and actually get out of the box!  Leave your comments below. We would love to know what you think!

– The IDEAWorks® Team


“If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can’t, you’re right.”

~Mary Kay Ash



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