...and I'm not talking about clothes! It referres to life. Think about it - do you feel too comfortable in your life? It means you're doing it wrong.
It's one thing to be happy and at peace - we all strive for that - and quite another to be lulled into routine. The status quo. Your little box where nothing ever changes and nothing shakes your ground.
'Get out of the box' is a rather abused phrase, mostly by those who are helplessly stuck in their boxes. Sometimes I doubt if people actually know what it means. It means exposing yourself to uncertainty, to the new and unfamiliar, to what we fear. Because it is the only way we can grow. That way you have to raise your game, and widen your horizons. Most people believe that the unknown will be much more painful than what they're already experiencing. Believe me when I tell you, it will not. There is nothing worse than looking back at all the missed opportunities and wasted potential. 'Comfort zones are plush-lined coffins.'
Of all the things my mother taught me, there is one sentence that stuck in my head, and I never forgot it since my childhood. I'll try to translate it -- life doesn't forgive you for the missed opportunities. I was ten or eleven when she told me that, and ever since it was my motto. I was actually always afraid of missing an opportunity or a chance. It was that fear that pushed me to try, to grow, to jump into the unknown. It was scary, but it felt good every single time. The more afraid I was of something, the more joy it brought me. That is the only way I feel alive.
Don't let the fear of failing at something stop you from trying. By focusing on your flaws and weaknesses, you set yourself to fail. Instead, why not focus on what you're good at, and aim to become better. If you do that, I promise, you'll see miracles happen.
I firmly believe that laziness is the worst of all the flaws. You are not supposed to do what’s easy, but what’s good. Just imagine, if you weren’t lazy, so you went out for a run, at least once in a week. You’d have that dream body by now. Or if you spent one hour every week learning another language. Or practicing your illustration skills. Imagine you spent this weekend studying for that exam instead od sitting in front of tv. These are all small changes, that we are sometimes too lazy to make because we don’t see what they sum up to. And they sum up to amazing things eventually.
So next time you’re too lazy to move your ass and get things done, or you’re afraid – just try to see things from another, longterm perspective. Everything you could do, everything you could become is within your reach. Great things are not accomplished in one day, they take time and persistence and commitment. They take risks, and enduring the discomfort. So get out of that plush-lined coffin!
Do something uncomfortable today. By stepping out of your box, you don't have to settle for what you are - you get to create who you want to become.