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  • Writer's pictureCarol Alford

Outside of the Box Thinking

I'm sure many of you have heard the familiar phrase “think outside the box”. We use use it regularly in our daily lives, to inspire creative thinking to take a different approach to resolving a challenge. Sam Lloyd came up with the idea back in 1914 with a puzzle consisting off 9 dots as pictured above. The challenge is to link all 9 dots using four straight lines or fewer, without lifting the pen and without tracing the same line more than once. - Give it a go, print it out and try to resolve.

If you've not seen this puzzle before, the chances are like the majority you will struggle to resolve, due to constrained thinking; looking at drawing lines within the box. It's only when you become creative that you will find an innovative solution. 

Thinking outside the box is an incredibly powerful and useful tool, not only for puzzles, but for improving your performance in life, sport and business too.

Taking an unconventional route will take you out of your comfort zone, see my previous blog below. Whilst this may feel strange initially, you will very soon find it to be a powerful technique that will give you amazing results; 

It forces you to ask questions (i.e., question the status quo)It creates tremendous learning opportunities.It opens doors to unforeseen results.It inspires critical thinking skills.It allows you to generate more possibilities - to unlock your true potential

At BrainTrain4 we use out-of-the box-thinking to get sustained results. The techniques we use tap into creative thinking, working closely with your unconscious mind, removing constraints currently holding you back. If you're tired of trying conventional methods and not getting the results you deserve, then click here to learn more

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