by Thomas Specq, Innovation Excellence: http://www.innovationexcellence.com/blog/2015/04/11/getting-out-of-your-comfort-zone/
Specq is the founder of the innovative website Eris Solver, a free
crowd-solver for complex problems. Connect with him @ErisSolver.
your perspective is a very valuable tool for understanding a situation
better and avoiding false views.
Reflecting on a situation in a new way
is a great way to solve a problem. Shifting or even combining
perspectives makes our minds work on a problem differently. But how do
we cultivate the ability to look at things differently from the way we
typically look at things?
The first step to be able shift your perspective is to overcome the
fear. That fear of rejection, the fear of what’s out there and the fear
of “not good enough”. You have to challenge your assumptions; your what
What-iffing allows us to create a completely new reality, to
establish a new chain of being or relationships and to generate a new
perspective on a problem. What-iffing pushes you to produce something
new. Innovative solutions to a problem require the mind to be directed
in a different direction. To avoid the old easy traps to solve a
problem, Challenge yourself by asking What if? Percy Spencer was an American engineer and inventor.
One day while building magnetrons,
Spencer was standing in front of an active radar set when he noticed the
candy bar he had in his pocket had melted. Spencer was not the first to
notice this issue, but he was the first to investigate it. He decided
to experiment using food, including popcorn kernels, which became the
world’s first microwaved popcorn. In another experiment, an egg was
placed in a tea kettle, and the magnetron was placed directly above it.
Spencer then created the first true microwave oven by attaching a high
density electromagnetic field generator to an enclosed metal box. He
experimented and Raytheon filed a patent on October 8, 1945 for a
microwave cooking oven, eventually named the Radarange.
Challenge your assumptions
When we make assumptions, we’re limiting ourselves
to a narrow view of things. You have to break out of the narrow view and
be willing to look at things through a different lens.
You always dreamed of becoming a doctor but you didn’t try to
pursue it because you assume that it would be too difficult for you.
Challenge your assumptions; Ask yourself why is it difficult? What makes
it difficult? What are the possible ways? What are your strengths? Why
should you not achieve your goal?
Once you have overcome your fears and you are now more open to the
outside world. Creative thinking will come in. This skill is one of the
key steps to get there; “SUCCESS”. Creative thinking acknowledges and
rejects the accepted paradigm to come up with new ideas. Creative
thinking skills use very different approaches to critical thinking
skills. They involve a much more relaxed, open, playful approach. This
can require some risk-taking. Take the risk and explore what’s out
Explore what’s out there
1. Learn and study new things
Gather new books to read, ones that you don’t usually have interest
to. Computers are another useful tool to find facts and study things.
There are a lot of subjects you can read online. As you study new
things, you will encounter complex problems and tricky questions could
pop in your mind. Eris Solver
is a very useful website to extend your knowledge of many disciplines
and adopt a different point of view regarding complex problems. It is a
free crowd-solver for complex problems. It implements an innovative way
to solve complex problems by adapting brainstorming technique to a
Problem Tree Analysis and by channelling Collective Intelligence.
Learning these new things exposes us to new ideas that could help up
solve our complex problems and helps us stay curious and engaged. It
also gives us a sense of accomplishment and helps boost our
self-confidence and resilience.
Traveling increases our knowledge and widens our perspective. To view
new customs, different ways of living is fantastic for the mind. It
gives us a new perspective about life and especially our life, it can
help us change some of our habits or even create new ones.
3. Try new things you haven’t tried before
New experiences increase our resourcefulness by living situations you
would never encounter at home. Going out on a limb to try something new
takes confidence. Showing yourself that you have what it takes will
only make you feel better about yourself. You will surprise yourself and
realize the potential you’ve held all along.
As organizations will face complex and ever-changing challenges; this
is why constant and creative thinking skill is necessary to stay ahead
in the competition. You need to have the eagerness and determination to
welcome possibilities. You have to be open to ideas when they are still
new: look for ways of making things work and pushing the idea to its