One of the reasons that I became so involved with the sport of triathlon was the fact that it gave me an opportunity to expand my comfort zone dramatically. Not that I had a small one to begin with, but I always felt the need to keep growing mine. I feel it’s always a good thing when one can expand their area of comfort, and broaden their horizons and boundaries. I tend to get restless if too much time goes by without pushing the envelope a little bit. When people stagnate in a place that hasn’t been challenged, a sense of complacency sets in and you lose your sense of…something.
When you push yourself beyond your current barriers, (whether they are self-imposed or otherwise) you experience a greater sense of accomplishment and reward and with that a greater sense of confidence. Simply put; the greater the risk, the greater the reward. But the beauty is that the sense of improved self-confidence carries through to all aspects of life. But if triathlon or sports in general are not your thing, there are still countless ways to expand your comfort zone. I have seen so many people completely turn their lives around simply by taking a leap of faith and trying something a little different, a little bold, and a little scary.
So give it a shot. Register for that race. Sign up for that yoga class. Backpack or bicycle to a place you’ve always wanted to go. Call winners on the toughest court on the playground. Do something that serves as a wake-up call to stimulate you and remind you that you are alive. And should you fail, take a moment and assess what went wrong, make the necessary adjustments, adapt, and TRY IT AGAIN.
Steve Brown, After many years of playing high caliber soccer, Steve Brown traded in his soccer shoes & goalie gloves and turned his passions to multisport racing and never looked back. Since 1986, Steve has racked up countless multisport events of all distances, often racing for philanthropic causes.
In 2006, Steve was diagnosed with a chronic form of leukemia. Since that time, Steve has undergone 54 rounds of chemotherapy to keep his leukemia in check and keep him in remission. Steve made it his mission to remain in motion throughout his cancer journey, often running home from chemo and scheduling races around his treatments. His diagnosis also drew him to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program where he signed on as a triathlon coach to help others ealize their dreams while raising funds and awareness for blood cancers, like his own.
Steve leverages his own positive cancer experience by connecting with other patients and their family members as a volunteer mentor with a number of patient advocacy organizations and often speaks to audiences about his experience. As a contributing writer, his work has appeared in a number of regional and national print and online publications. Brown has also written five books, all of which relate to the intersection of his cancer and multisport lifestyle and the people he’s met throughout his journey.