straightforward solutions

March 10, 2009

Doing the Opposite

Whilst many of the opportunities each of us face every day seem to have straightforward solutions, sometimes it’s worth considering taking a different angle.

As we go about our daily lives, we follow set patterns of behaviors that are along paths we have walked many times. It becomes difficult for us to amend our thinking and so we carry on as we have before.

So, I’d like to suggest an alternative course of action for a while. Just humor me for a while as you read on!

How would it be if instead of making a decision that you would normally do, you instead consider carefully doing exactly the opposite.

For example, if you have a set procedure to follow, I’d like you to consider what would happen if you did the complete opposite.

What would happen? What might you learn from thinking this way? Indeed, what positives might you gain, maybe unexpectedly, if you seriously considered doing the oppositie to where your natural and common thinking would usually take you.

Clearly there are some life and death situations where this would not be a valuable course of action to consider – and these will be less frequent than you might expect. It depends on how flexibly, risky even, you might want to try out.

Many times when you take this option and consider the other way, even the opposite way, there will be a learning to gain from seeing a completely different angle/perspective.

It just depends how you look at it and whether you can be creative enough to allow yourself this opportunity.

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