If I asked you to draw a picture of a glass of water, how would you draw it? Odds are you would draw that glass of water from a side view instead of looking at the glass from above or some other angle. Why does this matter? Because before you begin to draw that glass, your brain has already created the idea of how you will draw that glass. By finding a new way to draw that glass is the same idea for how to think outside the box.
This concept expands to all parts of our lives. Before we do anything, our brain has already begun to process the information. On the one hand, this is good news. It helps keep us safe from harm or from doing something that might injure us. On the other hand, this is bad news. This is because our brain is limiting our success.
How To Think Outside The Box: Art And Success
There was a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showing medical students at Yale who were exposed to an art class. Those students that were exposed to the art class saw 10% more medical details, which ended up saving lives.
To put the above another way, the art classes expanded their views. By studying artwork, the students became more attentive to details. Therefore, to improve upon your success, consider taking an art class or simply exposing yourself to art more often.
When you are viewing artwork, look for how many different ways you can explain a piece of artwork. Doing so can help you in other areas of life. This is the same concept as thinking outside of the box.
Many times we hear this but we don’t know how to think outside the box. We’ve been trained our entire lives to think inside the box. For many of us, we don’t even know where to start if we want to think outside the box. Looking at artwork is a great first step in solving this problem.
If you want to learn how to think outside the box, look at art and work on coming up with various ways to describe the same thing. As you practice this technique, it will become easier in time. By simply looking at the world in different ways, we teach our brains to think differently, to see things differently, which can lead to more success and happiness in our lives.