You’ve heard this saying a million times before, “think outside the box.” But what does it mean? The general consensus is that “thinking outside the box” means to create a new solution or invention that is outside of the conventional plane of thinking. It is the creative process in the imagination of the mind.
In reality the “box” is nothing but an illusion. There is no box. Both inside and outside of the box have had moments where inspiration and invention met. Let’s take a moment to pretend that this so called “box” exists. This will give you a better understanding of the creative process at work.
Inside of the box is where all of the ideas, concepts, theories and inventions have been brought to fruition and implemented into the world. All this can be mixed and combined in a different way to create something not previously done before. It is taking known knowledge and rearranging it into a new way of thinking. Doing this still takes sufficient imagination on the part of the individual. It is in a sense, thinking outside the box. But within the confines of what is already known.
Now let’s go outside this metaphorical box. Here is where all new discoveries previously unknown to society are brought to light. This compiles all the breakthroughs in every facet of human life. This is where genius is born. When the universe gives the finite mind power to create something new.
You see there is no actual box. In both situations creativity is able to thrive for the person with sufficient imagination. Whether something is rearranged into a new combination or something completely new is discovered. The possibilities for the creative process are endless.
So let’s ditch the “think outside the box” concept. Instead let’s build a mental awareness, keeping our minds open to all things that surround us. Allowing our imaginations to run wild with the possibilities of creating something new. You never know how your imagination may change your very life.