Coloring Outside the Lines: Reconditioning our Brains to Be Free [ELR:003]

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Weekly affirmation: My thinking is creative and unique, and I always come up with great ideas.


Last weekend, I took my son to a kiddie Paint and Sip. It was adorable! They got to "sip" on apple juice, while getting messy in painting supplies.

The instructor leading the children encouraged each of them to embrace their creativity and let their imagination lead them. And the results were amazing!

It's astounding what children can create when they are lovingly encouraged to expand their imagination, rather than being constantly forced to "color inside the lines".

I know it can be a lot harder for us as adults to find that same comfort in letting loose with our imaginations. But what is stopping us?

Fear. Conditioning. Guilt. Worry.

Each of those negative aspects of our thoughts has stopped us from taking a leap outside of our comfort zone. 

But how do we combat that?

I found an article from Entrepreneur talking about this exact thing: 3 Ways to Think Outside the Box. The article is geared toward businesses, but I find the suggestions can be implemented in all aspects of our lives.

1. Set Parameters

Set a timer for 10 minutes and write or type everything you can think of. Try to get as many thoughts as you can down on paper in that timeframe.

2. Aim for quantity, not quality. Don't edit.

This is the hardest part for me. I want to stop and fix spelling or grammar, but in this particular exercise, try to let your mind just flow with ideas. You can worry about editting later.

3. Change your environment

If you want to experience something new, you can't stay in the same place. Take your laptop or tablet outside, and try the 10 minute exercise in the sunshine. Use your senses as inspiration to think differently about things.

What are your suggestions for ways to think outside the box and color outside the lines?

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