The comfort of discomfort

One of my favorite quotes is:

It took me a long time to figure out that not only is this quote true but there is no way around it. If I want to continue growing, evolving and making major changes in my life, I need to step outside of my comfort zone.  I chose to do things that scare the shit out of me because I know that I will be stronger when I come out on the other side and I will see positive changes in my life because of it. I push through the fear and take the leap anyway.

I stepped way outside my comfort zone over the weekend when I, along with my amazing yogi partner Chris, did AcroYoga in a parade. When one of my teachers suggested the idea my first thought was, great idea, now whose going to actually do it!? Never once thinking I would be the one! 

When I first starting teaching yoga, I was terrified. Literally. At times, I would almost vomit before teaching class. I was so overcome with crippling anxiety that I’d have to give myself a mini pep talk just so I could get through the first few minutes of class. For many months, teaching yoga was the worst hour of my day. I debated quitting more times than I can count but with that said, I absolutely loved teaching. I know that sounds crazy after describing how stressful it was but keep in mind, I was stepping way outside of my comfort zone. I was an introvert that had no desire to stand in front of people! I hung on to the belief that if I kept going, I would eventually be more comfortable. I used my passion for yoga and teaching to guide me.

When I knew I was going to be in the parade with all eyes on me, I didn’t like it at all! But I knew, just like those first months of teaching yoga, I had to do it (of course it didn’t hurt that I am highly competitive and knew there would be people judging each float to pick a winner). Again, I pushed through the fear.

In fact, I have found comfort in my discomfort because I know that if things start to get too comfortable, I’m not growing.  When my reaction to an idea or thought is fear and discomfort, I chose to look past it and pick the option that scares me the most. If I hadn’t embraced that philosophy, I wouldn’t be where I am today and I certainly wouldn’t be running a yoga studio or flying in the air down main street on a moving float.