Break The Mold – Part 3
I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions. Proverbs 8:12, KJV
To "break the mold" is to do something different or unique. When things become too same-old same-old, too predictable or boring—it’s time to break the mold, be innovative, creative or try a new approach. Invent a new product. Put a twist on your service. Sing a new song. Mix it up. Rephrase it. Take a different route. Try a new style. Do something you’ve never done. Set the bar higher. Fulfill that lifelong dream. Attack the problem from another angle. Be different. When you break the mold, you do something that is unique and innovative, something that is different than what other people are doing or expect.
This week, we are talking about breaking the mold in various areas of our lives and ministries. On Monday, we talked about breaking the mold as it relates to traditional thinking about leadership in the Church. On Tuesday, we talked about breaking the mold of small thinking. Today, let’s talk about breaking the mold of the boring, routine, same-old same-old, ‘this is how we’ve always done it’ thinking!
Let me give you a few resources and examples to help light the “break the mold” fire under you!
Read Stuff By Creative People: Whether you’re in business, self-employed, in ministry or just an artistic junkie—you can glean great ideas from creative people. I love reading about creative, innovative, and visionary, out-of-the-box types of people. They stretch me. They make me think. They force me to step it up. They help me to lean into and put my trust in the Most Creative One!
On the secular side, Tom Peters is one such person. He’s a creative marketing management genius. His books are edgy and his finger is on the pulse of the culture. Some of my favorites are the classic: In Search of Excellence, The Pursuit of Wow! and Re-Imagine. Back in the day Faith Popcorn’s books, The Popcorn Report and Clicking were ahead of their time and just the jolt I needed to energize my creative juices. In the Christian world, there are many creative reads: The Creative Leader by Ed Young, Can We Do That? by Andy Stanley and Ed Young, An Hour on Sunday by Nancy Beach and It by Craig Groeschel, among others, are great books to help you break the mold.
Follow Innovators on Twitter or Facebook: There are a plethora of people to follow on Facebook and Twitter, but some of my favorite “break the mold” people to follow are: @GuyKawasaki, @DanielPink and @the99percent. Their tweets open up a world of interesting, and some not so interesting, info and links.
Glean from Really Smart People: If you want to enter the world of smart people check out TED.com and watch a variety of “riveting talks by remarkable people, free to all the world.” Exposing yourself to things outside your realm of expertise will add a fresh perspective to your life and might help you break the mold in areas of your own thinking.
Don’t Do What Everyone Else is Doing: It’s as simple as that. Just because everyone has done it a certain way doesn’t mean you have to! Break the mold... who says you can’t?
Pray: This one goes without saying…but let me just say it. He's the Most Creative One and when we pray and wait on the Lord, the Holy Spirit will give us the most interesting, creative, innovative, fun, fruitful and faith-adventure-filled ideas! Listen, follow and break the mold!
So, are you ready to enter a whole new vista in your life? Business? Family? Ministry? Church? Do it! Today, break that boring, routine, same-old same-old, ‘this is how we’ve always done it’ mold!
Say It: “Father, I will put these things into practice and I thank You for giving me the creative, innovative, Spirit-designed ideas I need to break the mold in this area of my life: ____________ (Then wait on the Lord and listen to His voice and follow His lead!) In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”
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