I received an email from a man who had seen his results in the gym come to a screeching halt.
He was stuck in neutral and going nowhere. This was all due to him residing in a place that has halted many dreams.
The box is where the majority of people on the planet stay their entire lives.
You could compare this to not traveling. When I was younger I thought the whole world was just the Philadelphia area. Philadelphia (really Abington and Mount Airy) was my box.
I thought life in the Philadelphia area was how life would be everywhere. Boy, was I wrong!
I’ve now been to many different states.
I’ve been to the Bahamas.
I’ve been to Canada.
I have even taken it back to the motherland and visited Africa (Egypt) this year. I have traveled more in 2015 than at any other time in my whole life.
Life is way different in other countries around the world! But I would have never known had I stayed in the box.
You could compare the box to dating.
When I was young and dumb I had a profile of how a woman had to be in order for me to give her the time of day. Mind you this was coming from a man who resembled a human scarecrow.
She had to have a certain look. This, however, was very shallow.
This got me absolutely nowhere as I know I passed up on meeting great women due to my closed-minded thinking of the time.
It was not until I dropped that pattern of thinking that I was able to have meaningful relationships.
I lived inside of my box. And living inside of the box got me nowhere.
The best way to make progress in life is to step outside of the box.
Stepping outside of the box can be scary.
Stepping outside of the box can be nerve-racking.
Stepping outside of the box can be uncomfortable.
But stepping outside the box will force you to grow whether you want to or not.
My young cousin Joey (in the picture above) is a lifetime soccer player. He was always a good athlete and a great soccer player. I always say he is the bigger and stronger version of me at the same age (19).
He stepped outside his box this week and came to train with The Fit Team.
He got FOLDED badly but he will be a better athlete because he left his comfort zone.
I’ve stepped outside the box many times in my life. The payoff was beyond great whether I won or lost.
I stepped outside the box to play football in high school. I was definitely not a good football player, but I learned about discipline and consistency.
I stepped outside the box to date different women. Every person you date in life is not the “one” but you learn a lot about what you actually value in a relationship.
I stepped outside the box to become a fitness professional. At the time I made this choice, most people around me did not believe in me one bit. They wanted me to get a 9-5 because “trainers do not make any money.”
I stepped outside the box with bodybuilding. I am a naturally skinny man who does not possess a bodybuilder physique.
The traditional training programs I read about in bodybuilding magazines to build your body never worked as advertised. This forced me to develop my own training programs to build my body.
After years of training with those programs, I was able to place in the Top 5 in my class in 2014.
I stepped outside the box with Men’s Health Next Top Trainer. There is a 100 percent chance that you will embarrass yourself and look bad with a national audience and your peers watching. But you will be a better trainer for it.
I stepped outside the box when I performed the Lunges of Death. No one voluntary tries to do barbell walking lunges across a football field for 100 yards. But I am a challenge junkie.
Once I completed this, nothing in life felt even remotely impossible anymore.
Ask yourself, when is the last time you stepped outside the box?
When is the last time you tried different foods?
When is the last time you used a different training program?
When is the last time you performed a challenging conditioning workout that made you want to yak?
When is the last time you dated someone who is not your ideal “type?”
When is the last time you stepped outside of your comfort zone?
When is the last time you did something that scared you stiff?
2015 is coming to a close. If you spent the year in your box, the time is now to step outside of it.
Meet new people.
And forgive anyone you had a beef with. Many folks hold onto unnecessary anger for way too long. That is a pure example of living in the box. Forgive and move forward.
I’ll holla at you next time.
The People’s Trainer,
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