Are you stuck in a rut of doing the same thing, the same way, with no hope in sight of doing any differently?
Have you ever heard something before but you can’t pin down the exact source?
Have you been enthralled by stories that seem plausible but you have no way of verifying them?
Chances are that you’ve inherited some ideas, some beliefs and customs, or some old, fanciful legends of mythic proportion.
Traditional thinking passes down such things… from culture to culture, and from generation to generation.
In many cases, they bind you to the status quo as they sidetrack you from your purpose.
The Trouble With Traditional Thinking: Can You Afford This?
We have been subsumed into accepted styles of thinking, and as a result, traditional thinking is the mindset of the mainstream.
It dares to tell you that mediocrity is acceptable, that nothing in life is urgent, that tomorrow will be here soon enough, so relax. What we don’t get done today will get done tomorrow. It justifies procrastination because it doesn’t consider beyond right now.
You dare to CHALLENGE CONVENTION because the images projected to you by those of the traditional thinking camp do not line up with your vision, with your purpose, or with what God has called you to BE.
Your VISION has you see exactly what John O’Donohue meant when he spoke “On The Secret Landscapes Of Imagination And Spirit”…
“It is the unseen life that dreams us.“
Traditional thinking often fails to look at the BIG picture, let alone the unknown or the unseen.
The words of Edward de Bono remind us,
Traditional thinking is all about “what is.” Future thinking will also need to be about what can be.
You’re not going to waiting around for something to happen, are you?
Not unless you are willing to have your creativity stifled, your talents shrivel, or your potential go to waste.
I’m fairly certain we can’t afford this, at least not anyone truly interested in succeeding. We know better than this.
Yes there have been countless ancient scholars and independent thinkers of the past… from Socrates to Plato, and Emerson to Thoreau. They’ve all got something to say. But that was then. YOU are now! YOU make things happen!
Traditional Thinking: One Size Fits All
How many times have you heard, “But we’ve always done it that way.”?
Traditional thinking offers one-size-fits-all solutions, but, as you know, not all hand-me-down clothes fit, so why force them?
Traditional thinking is window dressing for mannequins, and YOU, well you are not about to be draped in such thoughts, for you are cut from a different cloth… cloth woven of the finest threads of imagination, tailored to suit your needs.
Take A Stand Against Traditional Thinking
Traditional thinking instructs the timid soul that he is in lack and in disrepair, with no means of acquiring anything worthwhile, nor has need to, because he is not worthy. You see no sense in continuing the pattern that perpetuates low self-esteem and leaves you drowning in illusions.
You see no value in traipsing along the well-worn, weary paths that lead to obsolescence, obscurity and oblivion.
And good for you! You REFUSE to be bound by convention or allow the tools you need to succeed to become blunt.
Traditional thinking tells the timid soul to play it safe, to never take risks, for risks of any kind are much too dangerous and are likely to upset the apple cart and what little comfort one has.
But YOU, you are not given a spirit of fear, or timidity, but of love, power and sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)
Traditional thinking, with it’s overbearing, loud, obnoxious voice yells, “Don’t rock the boat. Don’t make waves. Go with the flow.”
But YOU, your internal compass is set to True North, and you are determined, to ride out the storm.
While others are quietly accepting that they must go down with the ship, you are already manning the lifeboats because you know the only ship that will steer you clear of danger is LEADERSHIP.
Traditional thinking whispers, “All in good time, my boy.”
But YOU, you are a FORWARD thinker and have never felt a greater sense of urgency to BE and to DO!
You know that true LEADERS…
- INFLUENCE decisions.
- INSTIGATE action.
- INSPIRE confidence.
- INCITE excellence.
Competition sets up the mental construct that it is “us” versus “them”, that it’s a cut-throat, dog-eat-dog world. The competition mindset would also have you believe that things are more important than people.
YOU know differently. You THRIVE on civility, collaboration, and cooperation.
Bryant McGill, in Voice of Reason says,
“The real safety net of life is community, family and nature.“
Traditional thinking is for the common man. Ah, but then again… YOU are anything but common!
For you know deep down inside you that you have much more to offer this world.
Because you have the unbeatable combination of:
- dauntless determination
- deep desires
- driving dedication
- high hopes
- pure potential
- priceless purpose
… you are unwilling to settle for average, mediocre or ordinary.
In conclusion… When you challenge the NORM, you define the new normal.
You Have A Voice… Let’s Hear It!
Has traditional thinking ever lead you to transformation?
What have you done to break away from this style of thinking?
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