Before we can live outside of the lines, we have to bust out of the box.
But how did we get in here, anyway?
Sometimes we allow others to put us in a box — through labels, titles, and credentials; by allowing other people’s expectations to create (self) limiting beliefs and perceptions about who we are and what we are capable of — measuring our inner worth by outer means.
But sometimes our boxes, lines and sand traps are built from within, reenforced with fear and covered with pride.
Perhaps we dwell on past failures, struggles or circumstances beyond our control. We focus on the problem(s) instead of creating solutions, allowing our ‘excuses’ to define who we are.
Sometimes we become dependent on past successes, too, for often the by-products of our success become the very trappings that define who we are. In the fight to hold on, we chase the illusions and stop living in the flow of our lives.
To break out of a box, you must first break down walls — for walls that were built to protect us from others often divide and separate, while walls that were built to protect us from ourselves, often disconnect us from the very essence of who we are.
Suspend beliefs. Reframe. Redefine.
Play. Create. Wonder. Dream.
Be bold, take risks and allow yourself to become a possibility thinker, erasing the lines of limitations.
Bust our of your box to become the fullest expression of who you are.
I’m curious: Have you ever felt ‘trapped’ in a box, whether personally or professionally? What role have you played in creating your own box? What role have personal or societal norms and values played in creating the box? What advice would you give to others who are trying to break out of their own proverbial box?