Getting into a box may be easy, but getting out is not as difficult as many would think. Being in a box leaves no room for expansion or growth. Living in the box gives you limited vision, no room to birth your dreams. What is keeping you captive in your box? Could it be that you are in a dead-end job, with no room for advancement? Are you stuck in a career that lacks fulfillment? Do you literally hate your job and simply work for a paycheck? Are you in a relationship with no future? or are you going through a long-term period of unemployment with limited hope? All of these things are life situations, but not situations of life captivity. The box is a representation of life captivity.
Staying in a box is often comfortable, yet miserable at the same time. It is a place of refuge, your comfort zone; however, bitterness overwhelms your escape plan. Bitterness comes from being angry and confused about not growing or succeeding in whatever your desired dreams may have been. You have chosen to live in the box looking out at the world versus living outside of the box enjoying the world.
Did you know the lack of focus could leave one angry, confused, and simply bitter? Your brain cannot focus on the positive or your dreams when you tend to focus on what you do not have (the box mentality). You have to retrain the brain to shift your mindset; however, that is another blog.
Turn on your positive thinking switch and develop a solid plan to get out of the box and not become a victim of yourself. Remember, you cannot get out of the box by comparing yourself to someone else’s success story. Be unique and write your own story.
Here are some tips and steps to get out of your box staring today:
- Money. Money is the number one problem clients use as an excuse to stay in the box. Stop looking at money as the green-eyed monster and see it as the ticket to your future. Seek ways to cut corners and make your current money situation work for you. You have to start somewhere. Did you know the average fast food lunch cost $6.00? Giving up one lunch weekly will purchase business cards, pay for website/email hosting services, gain admission to a local networking event or seminar. This is a step towards getting out of the box and become successful.
- Positive Thinking. You must feed your brain with positive affirmations and thoughts daily. Remove negative people, reminders, and past setbacks from your daily view.
- Confession. Confess and believe in your dreams. Others will never believe in your dreams, if you never talk about it. Shout to the rooftop, your desires, dreams, and visions. Let the world know you are soon to be at the top of your industry in whatever it is you desire. If you want to eventually own an IT firm and you are currently working as an IT Helpdesk Technician, confess your desire to have the top IT Firm in your state, America, or globally.
- Action. After feeding your brain, you must take action. Just accomplishing one thing will build a step towards getting out of the box. If you want to start a business, write a business plan or go get your business license. You must do something! Sitting idle will not build the steps needed to walk out of the box.
These tips can be applied towards any life situation, personally and professionally. Remaining in a box will only have you existing and not living your life to its fullest potential. Walk out of your box today.
See you on the outside of your box!
Ramona Taylor, MSMHR
Ramona Taylor is a Human Resources Consultant and Strategic Career Coach. She assists clients from small to midsize companies and professional individuals seeking to shift from the corner office to entrepreneurship.