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by Catherine Litwinski February 20, 2017

You have heard people tell you to step outside of your comfort zone, right?

And, you have told people to step outside of their comfort zone, right?

We all have that spot, where everything is familiar, safe and shapes our daily routine. It is the part of our world that keeps us comfortably calm and emotionally balanced. Sometimes, this world can get boring, overdone and a part of us wants to break free. Think about it: have you ever done something that you are really proud of while you were in autopilot mode?

“Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life.” – Robin Sharma

Growth and transformation requires us to take a risk, feel the butterflies and look past the small lens that we have been using in autopilot mode.

Stay in the Uncomfortable:

For me, this is a challenging obstacle to overcome because I always want to take a shortcut, the easiest way out or just run when things just super weird and awkward. On my mat this happens in Warrior II, where the sweat is dripping and all I want to do is get out of that lunge. Once we make it a goal to avoid running from the discomfort, we are taking a step into expanding the lens and our comfort zone.

Failure is a Great Teacher:

“I am not good enough,” “I will screw this up,” or “I am going to fail;” are just some of the thoughts that trickle into our minds when we are about to do something totally brave. Failure and setbacks will not disappear, so make it something positive by treating is as a teacher. Ask yourself: “What did I learn from this experience?” and “How can I take what I learned and apply it to my next adventure?”

One Step At A Time:

There is no need to take a huge jump – the outcome will be feeling overwhelmed an crawling back into the cocoon. Take small steps, slow and steady wins the race, right? Take for example, learning to do an inversion, we don’t just hop right into a headstand or handstand, we practice various prep poses to lead up to going upside down.

Rule #6 – Do Not Take Yourself Too Seriously:

Be happy to roll with the punches and be excited to not sweat the small stuff. Learn to not take yourself too seriously because laughter is the best medicine.

Three Letters – F-U-N:

Just have fun while stepping outside of your comfort zone. Transformation and growth bring out so much when it comes to discovering yourself. Remember to play on your mat and off your mat.

“Give yourself permission to live a big life. Step into who you are meant to be. Stop playing small. You’re meant for greater things.” – Unknown

It can be scary and overwhelming to step out into the unknown realm. Break the chains of fear to step outside, acknowledge yourself along the way and learn to enjoy the process of growing and taking risks.

Catherine Litwinski
Catherine Litwinski

Catherine runs on caffeine, one liners, Nutella and positive thoughts. With a background in Communications, writing comes swiftly for her. When she's not running for the train, you'll find Catherine on her mat contemplating her next pose goal.