Do You Ever Stop to Think About Thinking Differently?


As you will have heard if you took a look at Rob’s short video, Reflections on rather a Long Walk, one of his goals in taking an 800 kilometre walk from France to Western Spain, apart from actually reaching his destination, Santiago de Compostela, was to completely “unplug” from his hectic business life and spend some time just reflecting and taking stock. It wasn’t that Rob wanted to stop thinking. He just wanted to disconnect from the everyday and apply a different type of thinking for a while—something that an 800 kilometre journey on foot provides ample time for.   Why We Need To Think Differently Sometimes In fact, what Rob was doing is something that all of us should practice from time to time—thinking differently. The problem is, we rarely even take time to think about thinking or rather, about how we think; and that’s a mistake. You see, by making a conscious effort to apply our minds in different ways, we can all gain new perspectives on issues and problems which, apart from being refreshing, can be invaluable in arriving at a solution.     About Thinking Differently It’s entirely possible make changes to your thought process, but it does require a conscious effort. To ensure you can apply alternative thought processes when required, it’s a good idea to practice thinking in different ways, even when you don’t need to. To get you started, here are a few quick examples of how to apply different thought processes. If you recognize any of these as the way you normally think, then of course you can disregard them, since practice will not be necessary: Utilize “what if” thinking. When trying to decide on a certain course of action, ask yourself questions such as “what will our customers think of this? Our suppliers? Our partners, employees, the community? What will...