As Benjamin and Rosamund Zander wrote in “The Art of Possibility” the frames of our mind create, define, and confine, what we perceive to be possible. Every problem, every dilemma, every dead end we face in life only appears unsolvable inside a particular frame or point of view. Enlarge the box, or create another frame around the data, and problems vanish, while new opportunities appear.”
This is powerful! We basically tell ourselves what we can and can’t do. We put frames around our talents, intelligence, physical abilities, health, finances and the list goes on and on. We do it to ourselves.
A dead end I faced was my acting career. I defined myself as an average actor with average talent and that is what I became. However, in my mid-thirties I saw my acting career from a different angel, I enlarged the box and began motivational speaking.
I now use my training as an actor in everything I do as a motivational speaker: Risk taking, engaging the audience, creating an unforgettable audience experience and all the techniques used in “Smash the Box” and “Rip Off the Rear View Mirror.” Now all the classes I teach, auditions I go on, and films I direct I use those stories and experiences as a motivational speaker.
What frame of mind are you operating from: Dead end job, no money, troubled relationship, stress, pressure, or health issues. Then the next question is what frame are you looking at it from? Is there a way to enlarge the box and use that issue, problem, dead end avenue to your advantage?
There are men and women who were told their whole life they would amount to nothing and are now running companies, in government positions, and raising successful families. There are men and women who were overweight/ underweight their life are now in shape.
What is your thinking? What have you been told by people in your lives and has that comment, conversation, or discussion put a negative frame around you? If so, it is time to break free and re-frame your thinking!
Want to not only think outside the box… but SMASH it?
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