The 13 Ways to End Autopilot Cycle Rut and Help Personal Development

by DerdriuMarriner

An article in Yoga Journal’s 2016-released online and print editions lists 13 ways to end autopilot cycle rut and jumpstart creative personal development.

End Autopilot Cycle Rut to Alter Confining Lifestyles

There are 13 wise ways to end autopilot cycle rut and to turn the ensuing creativity into personal development and professional success, according to 2016-released in-print and online articles by Yoga Journal.

Personal development and professional creativity benefit from diversifying daily routines and escaping comfort zones, according to Sally Wadyka, article author and freelance editor in Boulder, Colorado. They come during conscientious meditation and from lucid yoga as well as in new endeavors and through unexpected ventures that challenge usual behavior and thought patterns.

The first step from predictability into creativity depends upon becoming productive by taking risks, despite the anxiety that changes generate and the depression that routines inspire. Theo Tsaousides, author of Brainblocks: Overcoming the 7 Hidden Barriers of Success, explains that imagining different outcomes to challenges and opportunities beats dreading one worst-case scenario.


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Yoga Journal's May 3, 2016, Facebook post describes June's issue, which includes Sally Wadyka's article, Shake Things Up":

"The YJ June issue is full of inspiration for finding more joy in your life + practice."
May 3, 2016, Facebook post
May 3, 2016, Facebook post

End Autopilot Cycle Rut to Freshen Daily Experiences


Five of 10 ways to end autopilot cycle rut and to jumpstart creative personal development and professional success frame interactions, self-concepts and worldviews away from stereotypes.

The second way gives rules the role of exceptions since habitually low self-esteem and negative self-analysis can be reversed and since behaviors and thoughts represent choices. The third way handles the daunting solitary confinement, advocated by French seventeenth-century philosopher Blaise Pascal, of time spent alone, introspectively and quietly, despite bustling, daily intrusions. The fourth way indicates that big shifts build upon slow, small, steady changes so that the different scenery along differing travel routes prefaces extended stays abroad.

Comfort joins discomfort in the fifth way, whereby the journey of a thousand miles begins with that difficult first step into something different, novel or unusual.


Yoga Journal @Yoga_Journal's tweet June 7, 2016, promotes Sally Wadyka's "Shake Things Up" article: "Get Out of Your Routine: Break the autopilot cycle + find #creativity."

10:14 AM - 7 Jun 2016
10:14 AM - 7 Jun 2016

End Autopilot Cycle Rut to Kindle Divergent Thinking


The sixth of 10 ways to end autopilot cycle rut kicks “What is serving me and what’s not?” into or out of emotional and mental baggage. It lets in “What’s helping me break free of my negative samskaras and strengthen the positive” perspectives and reactions so that what is counterproductive gets jettisoned. The last seven ways manage the leap from emotionally and mentally replacing counter-productivity with productivity toward activities that spur creative personal development and innovative professional success. The seventh way notes the refreshed circulation and the refreshing insights from going for a walk in the park or taking a stroll through the neighborhood.

Mindfulness of sensations and of thoughts that arise during a head-to-toes meditative self-scanning session optimizes divergent thinking of multiple solutions to personal challenges and professional crises.


HealthWithoutPharma @HWithoutPharma promotionally tweets Sally Wadyka's article, "Shake Things Up": "Get Out of Your #Routine: Break the #Autopilot Cycle + Find #Creativity by @SallyWadyka"

4:27 AM - 14 Jun 2016
4:27 AM - 14 Jun 2016

End Autopilot Cycle Rut to Perceive Life’s Opportunities


The amino acid tyrosine’s abundance in fruits, seeds and soy promotes concentration and creativity, according to the ninth of 10 ways to end autopilot cycle rut.

Completing more boring assignments before more innovative tasks and doodling to relieve boredom quicken creativity, focus and memory, according to the 10th and the 13th ways. The 11th way respects the innovations and the inventions, the self-awareness and the worldviews that emerge from travel, particularly when itineraries promote immersions in local cultures. The 12th way suggests that creative personal development and professional success flourish more extensively and more quickly in messier work spaces than under neater working conditions.

Meditations on exhaling and inhaling illumination and 13 makeovers, published through the Active Interest Media chaired by Efrem Zimbalist III, transform counter-productivity and under-productivity into productivity.


On June 9, Yoga Journal shares, via Facebook, Live Be Yoga Tour's June 8 Facebook post:

Sally Wadyka notes the meditation-creativity connection in her rut-busting article, "Shake Things Up" in Yoga Journal's June issue.
June 9 at 9:02am
June 9 at 9:02am



My special thanks to:

  • Talented artists and photographers/concerned organizations who make their fine images available on the Internet;
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University for superior on-campus and on-line resources.


Sally Wadyka notes a quick, mindful body scan as a creativity inducer, problem solver and relaxer.

Yoga Journal's June 10, 2016 tweet draws attention to body scanning via yoga: "Feel all the feels—a #yoga sequence to help you navigate tough emotions."
1:01 PM - 10 Jun 2016
1:01 PM - 10 Jun 2016

Sources Consulted


Wadyka, Sally. June 2016. “Shake Things Up: 13 Wise Ways to Break Out of a Rut.” Yoga Journal.

  • Available @

Wadyka, Sally. 29 April 2016. “Shake Up Your Routine: How to Break the Autopilot Cycle.” Yoga Journal.



Sally Wadyka, author of Yoga Journal's June article, "Shake Things Up," notes for her Twitter profile picture caption:

"I love writing about health, nutrition, wellness and beauty--and sometimes I even practice what I preach!"
Sally Wadyka's Twitter profile picture
Sally Wadyka's Twitter profile picture
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Updated: 06/16/2016, DerdriuMarriner
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Mira on 07/28/2018

Thank you, Derdriu. I will try to do that. There are wonderful alleys and patches of vegetations even downtown.

DerdriuMarriner on 07/27/2018

Mira, Thank you! It would be interesting to read a write-up on one of your altered routes since you always find the exact phrases for experiencing your reactions (to paraphrase Fernando Pessoa) and since you always have such beautiful images.

Mira on 07/01/2018

This is interesting. I try to vary my routes through the city but sometimes it's difficult. I keep telling myself I should take the subway and walk in various neighborhoods, but I don't do that unless there's a reason for me to be there. But there would be so much to discover: farmer's markets, new malls, new vegetation, different parks, and so on. Thanks for reminding me. I'll try to make some changes :)

DerdriuMarriner on 04/03/2017

sandyspider, One of the hardest parts for me is attempting to carry out different ways of reaching a destination. It's easier if I'm bicycling or walking, hardier if I'm driving (or using public transportation)!

sandyspider on 03/25/2017

Since I am on autopilot, revisiting to see if I can break the routine. Tweeted this.

DerdriuMarriner on 03/23/2017

katiem2, There's safety in routine but adventure and insight in diversity!

katiem2 on 03/19/2017

Ah yes we creatures of habit can get out of our heads and more in tune with the vibrations of the beautiful world that surrounds us and in doing so work our way out of routine habits holding us back. Autopilot is a real circumstance we fall into regardless if aware or not, ending this cycle is paramount to moving forward and achieving success.

DerdriuMarriner on 03/06/2017

sandyspider, It's my understanding that one of the reasons that twenty-first-century opera singers tend to be quite slender is because they practice pilates and yoga.

sandyspider on 03/04/2017

Too many of us are on autopilot. Yoga does have many benefits.

DerdriuMarriner on 03/02/2017

katiem2, I find Yoga Journal as useful a magazine for my attitude and habits as Garden Gate, published by the same Active Interest Media chaired by Efrem Zimbalist III, is for my indoor and outdoor plants.

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