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Thinking Outside of the Box
When we are able to release our minds from the confines of the norm, we are able to be innovative- to find creative solutions. It is possible to change the way that our brains think and learning to think outside that proverbial box is possible to do!

T. Elmore (2015) explains that, "In short, boxes represent conventional thinking: They are assumptions that confine our creativity and ability to see new options. Of course, some assumptions are necessary. We can’t make it through a day without assuming the traffic light will turn green or that our desk chair will support us when we sit down. But when assumptions become rigid (or, like a box, closed), they can keep us from seeing new possibilities or perspectives."

Elmore (2015) wrote a blog for Psychology Today with an eye on businesses but we can apply those same techniques to free our own creativity:

1. Find mentors outside of your industry
Again, he is looking at this from a business approach. But we can twist this advice to suit our own needs! Find mentors who have different skills or interests than you do. Is there something you don't understand? Find someone who does. They are not confined by the same boxes that you are so they can help you to see from a new perspective. 

2. Question everything
We all have routines and things we don't even think about- it's just the norm for us. Question them. Why do you do it? Do you need to? What are some other ways you could accomplish the same thing? Some may seem silly to question but why not? Be silly :)

3. Read books outside your normal field of interest
You might learn something new and discover you even like it. 

4. Learn something new everyday
To be successful in anything we need to be teachable. Curious. Open to learning. Intentionally seek new knowledge!

5. Do something strange
"I realize this sounds crazy—but sometimes doing something out of the ordinary can get you out of the box. When Dr. Seuss got stuck while writing, he would go to a secret closet filled with hundreds of hats and wear them till words came" (Elmore, 2015).

6. Learn to combine unrelated ideas
This is the essence of innovation. Can we take two seemingly unrelated things and make a new idea? Elmore suggests trying this exercie: take two unrelated items and come up with ways they can be related. It will help your mind to move in the right direction.

7. Attempt a goal that’s big and different
Challenge yourself. Push yourself beyond the box you've formed around yourself! Think you can't do it? Have you tried? Try again!

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Elmore, T. 7 great leaders climb out of the box so how do we climb out of our box?. (2015, April 16). Retrieved April 26, 2015 from  https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/artificial-maturity/201504/7-ways-great-leaders-climb-out-the-box
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Visual Strategy Saturday | A roundup of some of the best branding & design articles from the past week.

Happy #Saturday Badasses! 

It's time to get your visual badassery cap on and devour up some finger lickin good awesome sauce. To help you create visuals that get you noticed, here's a heaping serving of the best visual mastery strategies from the last week.

This week's edition is brought to you by: 

1. How To Transform A Blog Post In 5 Easy Steps by +Thomas E. Hanna | BlogPhoto.tv 
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2.  How to Start Prioritizing Your Instagram Strategy by +Peg Fitzpatrick 
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3. How To Get Pinterest Followers + Repins: The Ultimate Guide by +Erika Madden 
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4. Creating Pinnable Images by +Dustin W. Stout  and +Jeff Sieh 
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5.How To Edit Photos Like A Pro by +Lauren Hooker 
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Pin them all for later: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/192880796517866287/


If there is some specific visual badassery you're looking for let me know in the comments what you're hungry for and I'll make sure I deliver that for ya in the next edition!

#visualmarketing #visualcontent#socialmediatips #visualstrategysaturday
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21 life tips from Thich Nhat Hanh-Part 2

“I have noticed that people are dealing too much with the negative, with what is wrong. … Why not try the other way, to look into the patient and see positive things, to just touch those things and make them bloom?” – Thich Nhat Hanh

To touch the positive things and make them bloom is timely advice from Thay ( Thich Nhat Hanh).

The important idea here is not to avoid negativity or run away from it. The idea is to acknowledge both the negative and the positive but to not allow the self to dwell in the negative and stay there.

There is an important brain science lesson here.

Science studies have shown that negativity is simply more strong and “sticky” when compared to the positive aspect.

The ratio of negative to positive interactions is roughly 1:5 for balance.

In other words, if you have one negative interaction with someone, you may need as many as five positive ones to compensate.

This is called the “negativity bias” and has extensive implications for our life and our happiness.

Thay’s advice of touching the positive more often resonates well with the science on behavior states.

Instead of telling you to be all positive thinking all the time, he instead takes the more realistic and gentle approach of becoming aware of the balance of positivity and negativity.

Instead of becoming unrealistically positive, he advises us to gently touch the positives in a situation and allow them to bloom like a flower.

http://launchyourgenius.com/2015/04/20/thich-nhat-hanh-part-2/
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Enlightenment

“Enlightenment is always there. Small enlightenment will bring great enlightenment. If you breathe in and are aware that you are alive—that you can touch the miracle of being alive—then that is a kind of enlightenment.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

Many of us believe that we have to get away and be in a forest in seclusion or be on a mountaintop to receive insights. This whole idea of nirvana or Zen seems unattainable and utterly distant and unapproachable.

Thay (Thich Nhat Hanh) suggests the simple and powerful advice that ordinary daily life is what enlightenment is made up of.

Mindfulness and Zen master and student of Thay, Jon Kabat Jinn says that wherever you go, there you are and you find the self.

Thay urges us to go for small moments of awareness, breath and clarity. When you take a breath and become aware of your aliveness, you position yourself to enjoy a clear and enlightened moment.

Live like you are enough and you have a genuine shot at a clear and miraculous moment of now. This is a powerful way of being. In this state, you cast aside doubts and preferences and simply enjoy the “beingness” of the current moment.

Just be and feel the enlightened moment of awareness.

“There is no enlightenment outside of daily life.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“Every morning, when we wake up, we have twenty-four brand-new hours to live. What a precious gift! We have the capacity to live in a way that these twenty-four hours will bring peace, joy, and happiness to ourselves and others.”- Thich Nhat Hanh

Read more here: http://launchyourgenius.com/2015/04/20/thich-nhat-hanh-part-2/
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