If I am sitting on the couch and notice an object I thought was immediately closeby, seems now to have gone missing, I tell myself: "Stand up!"
My ego argues back: " ... no just lift up your butt, feel under the cushions, lift the pieces of paper on the table, feel around, don't disturb your own comfortable seating arrangement."
The longer I listen to my ego the more I delay finding the object.
Standing up, forces myself to a different perspective, access to logical sequencing and helpful memories. Using this approach, I invariably find the object much more quickly (whether indeed it IS between the pillows or actually much further away).
Getting off your ass/ not taking the bait of comforting your ego, helps you improve your act by doing what works.
Stand up and find what is important to you.