Wandering West & Breaking out of the Box

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In early November, I’m starting a cross-country journey from Boston as far as I can make it to Alaska as part of a new research project to aggregate as much inspiration from everyday Americans as possible, which will be transcribed into a mini-documentary series that I’ll be sharing across my social channels.

WHY, do you ask? Hear for yourself…

In my recent piece via Inspiyr, I discuss Breaking out of the Box for Personal Growth. It took me a long time to fully understand the universal lesson, that we are in control of defining who we are as individuals. Towards who we want to become. After many years of painting an unfamiliar picture of my future self, based on the person I felt I was expected to grow in to. I finally called it quits and took the reigns of my own life.

The first step to breaking out of the box is to muster enough courage to take a stand against the inner and external judgment. With full conviction that you are in fact entitled to design a life roadmap that you want to follow.

Let’s think about that for a second, why would anyone choose to sleepwalk through life, suffocated by labels that do not allow them to authentically just BE? That is essentially what happens when we succumb to the opinions, judgment and approval of others.

Have you ever stopped to assess what it is that actually makes you feel alive and fulfilled? 

Can you imagine what this world would be like if we relinquished our perceived entitled right to judge others? All in order to validate our own self-worth?

Today I’ll close with this assignment: Channel the same amount of time and energy that you’re spending on judging others. Turn that tendency inward to take a closer, raw look at yourself to explore self-healing. Then, create your roadmap of the life you are yearning to build; and the steps that you’ll need to take to achieve those goals.

I’ll see you on the road, thanks for being part of the ZenLeader Tribe!

Dr. Jodi Ashbrook



Jodi Ashbrook