Breaking out of the Box

By: Mary McCandless

Well, we are beginning our third month of the New Year, with spring right around the corner. Soon the snow will disappear, and flowers will be blooming. Everything is new again. Now that it is March have you changed anything that you are doing? Recycling has become a standard in everyday life; we recycle cans, bottles and more. It is great for the environment and the future of our world. However, the real question is, are you recycling what you do? One would hope not.

In business, when you do something that you have already done, is it new? Probably not! It is just presented another way, but it is the same-old thing with a different spin. It is like regurgitating the same thing over and over.

“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.”
-Henry Ford

Success begins with looking beyond what you have done and find fresh innovative products or ideas. If you take a look at many of the fortune 500 companies, their success is by constantly coming up with new ways of doing things, to be one up. The fact is that you do not have to be a fortune 500. First step outside of your box and review what you are doing. Ask yourself ” Am I doing the same thing repeatedly that it is now boring?” If so, get those creative juices turning and make a list of what you are doing and how can you be different. At times, we have a tendency to emulate what others are doing and not being ourselves.

We are so influenced by others that we forget we have our own creativity and should use it. Our brain power is immense! Did you know that humans use most of their brains everyday? The concept that we only use 10% is not true.

Our brains allow us to absorb tons of information, process it and basically let us compartmentalize everything. What we do with it is up to us. So why not take a hard look at what you are doing and try something different. It is not necessary to be like everyone else. People like different ideas. Again, stop doing the same thing over and over again. People will eventually catch on and find something else. If you want to keep it fresh, then be innovative. When you bring in new products, services or just how you do your job, you bring something fresh and unique. More importantly, it was your idea. That is how many of the top business leaders are at the top of their game. They follow the idea of continuous improvement, and it works.

Many of us want to change what we are doing or how we want to accomplish the result, but never do it.

Do you want to be the mouse in the cage that runs on a wheel to no where? The answer should be no. That is not who you are, and it should not be what you are.

The first step is always the scariest. How do I accomplish it? Can I do it? The answer is yes you can. Remember to look outside the box and look at what you do as an outsider would see it. We all truly have our own style and thoughts and should use it. Stop second guessing yourself. If what you change does not work, try something else. It is not a sign of failure; it is trial and error. Reach out to friends and family to share ideas with you. You will surprise yourself, and discover new ideas and see the old habits may not work. They may also provide information to you that you did not see, because you were in the box.

Success in everything that you do will depend only on you.

“Be yourself because everyone else is taken”
– Oscar Wilde