Others have coined it their “comfort zone.”
For caterpillars and butterflies, it’s a “cocoon.”
Author Carol-Ann Hamilton likes to refer to it as a “sandbox.”
No matter what you call it, when it gets too cozy it becomes a self-created jail, according to Hamilton.
The author of Step Out of Your Sandbox! says there are six steps to smashing barriers so you finally “step out of your sandbox” and break free of self-limiting beliefs:
• Embracing aloneness
• Loving ‘quirky’
• Reaching crossroads
• Surmounting obstacles
• Building bridges
• Living with true passion
Wanna unchain yourself from your sandbox and live with zest each day? Hamilton insists you can do just that via her Formula for Success: Accepting Yourself (1) + Mastering Your Growth Edge (2) = Living Passionately (3).
1. Accepting Yourself. A sanctuary in your imagination and an actual retreat carved out in your home, your sandbox supports your right to alone time. Daily renewal anchors your unshakeable individuality. How great would it be to embrace your uniqueness – including even your foibles?
2. Mastering Your Growth Edge. When your oasis gets too cozy you must open to new possibilities. Your sandbox has become a self-created jail. Demons like doubt, fear and anxiety will raise their ugly heads. You created them and have the power to dismantle them. If you don’t, you’ll die with the music still inside. That can’t happen!
3. Living Passionately. Once you leave behind your old security blanket, you’re up for higher challenges. All those potholes sidestepped, you heal into wholeness and build bridges to different sandboxes. You fully reclaim your Essence, and deliberately shout a resounding “yes” to life itself! Bring it on!
Hamilton’s wish is to for people to find the courage to believe unconditionally in who they really are.
“Please don’t become like those who approach me during or after workshops to share how marginalized they’ve felt their whole lives. It breaks my heart,” Hamilton says in a press release.
“This isn’t the way things ‘need’ to be. More urgently than you could ever envision, I want you to ‘get’ within your cells that you possess unlimited power to manifest all your dreams. Claim your individuality – not what anyone else says you ‘should’ be! Gain from my traumas the conviction to stand up for your self!”
Hamilton is the also author of The A to Z Guide to Soul-Inspiring Leadership, with James Norrie (Epic Press, 2003) plus a by-invitation contributor to The Courage to Succeed: inspiring stories from enterprising women (2004), Walking With The Wise for Entrepreneurs (2005) and Women Who Speak, Speak Out! (2006).