Expansible Thinking

“ A leader has to be innovative. If you’re not one step ahead of the crowd, you’ll be a step behind everyone else.”  

Tom Landry

A thermometer has the capability to adapt to its environment and reflect the current temperature. However, a thermostat cannot only reflect the current temperature, but it has the capability to take control of the environment and modify it.  

It requires much less effort to adapt to your environment than it does change it. There is no challenge in blending in or falling into the flow of things. When you are facing the forced currents of any situation, it begins to feel like an uphill climb and the challenge begins. 

The environment you are in will set the tone for your mentality and development. As humans we naturally tend to adapt to what is happening around us. Regardless, of the circumstances we adapt to our surroundings. This includes our way of thinking.

I believe ones mentality can be altered by the way others believe or feel. Someone could possibly share their point of view or ideas and it will not be long before we agree without first considering our own feelings and beliefs. This is because it requires much less effort to adapt than to create. You may think you are in control thinking for yourself, but actually you are simply adapting.   

Our mind is the most powerful tool we have. We have the capability to be game changers in any situation. We have to capacity to think for our own and expand our way of thinking. Our mind is expansible giving us the opportunity to improve and evolve how we think. We can find ways to improve ourselves, improve ideas, but we can also make the decision wether we actually do it or not. 

It requires a strong mind set to not be moved by the mentality of others. Our mind is designed to create and innovate. One must be more like a thermostat and control the environment and refuse to be controlled by it. This is a choice. Unfortunately we at times allow this choice to be made for us by adapting to our surroundings. 

The environment one is in can cripple our growth and keep our mind from expanding. If our mind is incubated by our environment we limit our own capacity. Just because one idea works does not mean it cannot be improved. 

The size of a shark will depend on its environment. If it is placed in a confined aquarium, its growth will be limited. It will adapt and it will not out grow its containment for the remainder of its lifespan. If the shark is placed out into the ocean water it will adapt to its natural habitat and grow to its full size. 

Our mind is similar. We were designed to continually evolve our way of thinking by improving anything around us. We should not be controlled by our environment. If you feel limited to creative ideas, carefully examine your confinements. These entrapments are not always literal, they could be phycological. Paradigms that were planted in our minds before we had the opportunity to make any decision for ourselves. 

Your mind is expansible. Find ways to break the molds of thinking and dig into the depths of your innovative creativity. Think bigger and deeper. Just because others ideas work does not mean our options are limited to just that one. Ideas lead to better ideas. Expand the level of your capacity, flex your mind. You will find that even the shark out in the wild, eventually it reaches its maximum monstrosity. The mind however has and unlimited growth factor and is expansible. 

This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Deuteronomy 30:19-20 NIV

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