"Positively Thinking Out of the Box"
How can one person "think out of the box?"  This should be done
independently, but how?  Here's an example: Cut a cake into eight
slices but you have to make no more than three cuts.  Most people
will have trouble coming up with a way to cut the cake.  But to
solve this, you have to change the way you look at the cake and how
to cut it.  One perfect solution is to cut the cake into two equal
sizes and put the other half on top of the other.  Cut it again in
half then stack the other half pieces on top of one another and cut
them again.  There you go, that's thinking out of the box.
Another example of thinking out of a box is this:  Here are four
words...  subtract, multiply, add, decrease...  Now which one does
not belong to the group?  Mostly people would right away say that
the word "decrease" does not belong.  Why?  Because all the other
three words are mathematical jargons and the latter is not.  Well,
that's not thinking out of the box, if you think out of the box, the
answer would be the word "add" since it only has three letters while
all the other have six and more.  You could give a lot of right
answers but the one that shows more creativity stands out.
The prevailing component in the way our minds work is inserting some
changes from past experiences and processes.  Another good sample is
when you are asked two days that starts with the letter "T".  Your
answer would probably be Tuesday and Thursday.  Hey, how about
Tomorrow and Today?  Well, that is out of the box all right.
Companies try to test a new product and are sure they are getting a
design at a reasonable cost.  They look at things in the business
and think that objectives will work just as planned.  But these
things sound monotonous already, for they only think using the past
as patterns.  Patterns are helpful since they help finish tasks such
as driving, eating or drinking.  However, these are the same
patterns that make it hard for people to think out of the box and
create alternative solutions to a dilemma especially when challenged
with unwanted data.
One important move to break the pattern is trying to reverse
patterns, designs or solutions and arouse new interest.  Take thing
as they are and turn them inside out, upside down, or simply turn
them around and you'll be surprised with the result.  This was Henry
Ford's personal experience.  His conventional plan was to just
"bring people to work."  He tried to change all this into: "bring
work to the people."  This plan generated more revenues.
Another way to bring out other solutions to simple problems and
situations is to not think about the subject.  If you want to bring
about something more creative, think not of the part of the problem
itself, rather, think of people or subjects in motion and then use
the abstract formation or design as a stimulus for a new design.
But to think out of the box, never shy away from the fact that some
of your ideas could really be crazy enough.  This could break
rigidity of thinking and present a way to sift the harebrained and
irrational.  This gives the thinker more freedom to think out of the
box and reinvent things in way they have never been arranged before.
What you could do is list several odd or absurd ideas about a
certain problem.
Letting go of the question will release the stress you are
undergoing by trying to ìsqueezeî the creativity.  Once you let it
go, all the power of the universe is free to find a solution and the
solution will come to you when you least expect it.
In much more real life scenarios, you could think out of the box for
fun.  You can practice fun trouble-making stuff without hurting
anyone by saying or doing the unexpected.  But make sure that you do
this first to persons you already know to avoid conflicts and
negative confrontations.  Say, a buddy asks for the time,
automatically you would look at your wrist watch which is a result
of the stimulus-response theory.  Thinking out of the box, why not
say something crazy like, "Oh it's time for a vengeance," then head
toward the door.  Watch their reaction as they go into total
confusion and trance as you have totally mixed things up in their
heads and interrupted their thinking pattern.  (Don't forget to
apologize afterwards)
Thinking out of the Box or usually known as creative thinking seeks
to design new and really creative arrangement of elements to produce
a work of art.  Being an out of the box thinker can be a rewarding
profession.  This is dangerous, but it could be one of your
strengths in no time.  If the herd is going to the right, you go the
other way.
Remember that you could be genius in your own way.  Your thoughts
come from deep reaches and these totally different ideas are clever
enough to make a difference in the end.  Being creative and out of
the box is wild sometimes, but could move you through growth and
self-development.  You'll be surprised at how easy and differently
it will be for you to fix and try to solve things away from the
tried-and-true habits.  Let your thinking out of the old box be your
guide to a new and better, wonderful approach to life.