Creative Breakthroughs by Thinking Differently
By Seth La Tour
5 ways to get a new perspective on the world around you
Have you ever climbed up and stood on your desk and looked around the office, your workspace?
Have you ever lied down on the floor under your desk and looked up at the underside of your desk, at the ceiling of your office?
Have you ever stood in the back corner of your yard, as far away as you can get from your home, and looked back at your house?
We all walk well-worn trails through our lives.
I know I do.
I drive the same route to work every day. I sit in about the same seat at church every Sunday. I sit in about the same row at the movies. I eat the same things for breakfast and get a snack at about the same time every day.
Routine can be good for us. It’s comforting. It’s familiar. It can help us feel grounded.
But unbroken routine is a breeding ground for apathy. For laziness. When you do the same thing day after day after day, week after week, month after month, your brain and your heart can disengage. You can float on autopilot and easily lose perspective.
What was once exciting and drove you forward (heck, that’s why it became part of your routine!) loses meaning and becomes blase.
Do something about it!
About once each week I’ll find myself floating mindlessly through a day. In that moment, I’ll consult my list of 5 ways to get a new perspective on the world around me.
I offer this list to you now, free of charge. Here’s to a breakthrough!
- Stand on your desk. Seriously, get up there. It’s not going to break. And if it does, new desk! Seeing your office from a totally different perspective can be inspiring. I’ll often climb down with a new idea.
- Look at a tree. It doesn’t have to be a tree, but a tree works great. Look at a flower. Sit in the grass and look at a blade. Stare at it. Look closely at the grains and patterns. Nature is a wonderful mind-clearer that can lead to breakthroughs.
- Run! At our office we do a routine breaker from time to time we’ve dubbed the LAL. It stands for Late Afternoon Loop. We get away from our desks during the afternoon malaise and get the blood flowing with a loop or two of the building.
- Draw something. I know you’re not a good artist. Neither am I. Even my stick people are sorry. But getting out a pack of crayons, or colored pencils, or markers and sketching helps clear the mind and look at your current work conundrum a little differently.
- Go talk to someone. Ask what they are working on. Seeing the world from someone else’s perspective, even for five minutes, can totally change your outlook on what’s currently on your own plate.
Don’t let routine bog you down and stifle your creativity and joy. Get a new perspective on the world around you and jumpstart your next project.
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Chris leads a dynamic team of passionate change agents who are dedicated to partnering with organizational executives to create cultures that inspire, engage and ignite the best in people. Our work is dedicated to harnessing the power of culture to equip leaders, build amazing teams and align operation practices to delighting the customer and drive breakthrough results.