Unleashing the Best YOU: Tips for Getting Out of the Box (Part 2)

Great leadership is all about ‘getting out of the box’. The Arbinger Institute

Looking for a new box? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Climbing out of or expanding boxes means you need to befriend vulnerability, pushback, and maybe even failure boxes for a season. There’s not a one-size-fits-all box so there’s not a one-size-fits-all solution. One thing is certain – what got you in your box isn’t what will get you out. On the other hand, we thrive in our ideal box, like a jalapeno pepper plant in dry soil soaking up sunshine. It takes work to find the right box for us and discernment to know when it’s time to move in, move on or begin an expansion project. I prefer to live – and think – outside the box. Maybe it’s because I like lots of different boxes – but that’s not for everyone. If you want to find a new box, here are a few tips:

What does your ideal box look like? Use your imagination. Dream big. Be specific.

Are you speaking truth to yourself? If not, what lies are you believing?

What are you passionate about? What do you think about when you daydream?

Ask others how they see you, being careful not to let their expectations define you. (Tip: Sometimes criticism is helpful – when it’s constructive. Other times, when it’s not constructive – think malicious, if we look, we might find a hidden morsel of truth that’s beneficial.)

 Remember you’re the only one who can determine the box you were uniquely designed to fill. Happily, move into your new box – the one exclusively made for you, the real authentic whole you. Finding your box can be daunting but it’s worth the effort. Then, like this pup, you can be excited about jumping in the box of your dreams. One of our favorite people to quote, Jim Rohn (entrepreneur, author and speaker), had this to say: If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much. If you substitute ‘box’ for ‘plan’ it makes the same point. We need to design the box we live in to fit our strengths and passions – then we can enjoy living life in it, updating it and encouraging others to find their perfect box. Have you found the perfect box for you? What steps have you taken – or do you need to take now?