A Different Way of Looking At Things

April 22, 2013

Good morning – looks like it is going to be a beautiful day here in northeast Indiana. Finally looking like spring.

I have been enjoying a good book called Creative Intelligence by Bruce Nussbaum. One thing that has struck me so far is his creative intelligencediscussion on framing and reframing. Essentially framing is how we look at things – our lives for instance. We all have a set of lenses through which we interpret the world and many times those lenses are “out of focus”.

His key point is that we have the power to change those lenses. We have the ability to “reframe” ourselves and to see ourselves behaving in alternative ways. reframing is about breaking your routine. He goes on to talk about how our frames of engagement are shifting from passive to active, transactional to relational, and impersonal to very personal. You can change the way you see the world, how you connect with people and how you think about the future.So often we are so used to looking at the world in a certain way that we become blind to the possibility of something we can’t even imagine yet.

He has some questions he recommends you ask to help you in reframing so that you can see new opportunities:

What’s really going on?

How did we get here?

Why are things the way they are?

What if things were different?

Some good questions to help you to start thinking differently about your situation and your life and to start seeing new possibilities.

Hope your week gets off to a great start today!

BG