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Stepping out of Your Comfort Zone Can Be Hard…But You Can Do It!

I know how hard it can be to step out of your comfort zone. It involves risk when you don’t know what to expect or how others will react. However, try to always remember that although it’s much easier to stay where it’s comfortable, a little discomfort propels people to make the BIGGEST impact in their own life and the lives of others!

I encourage each of you to step out of your comfort zone because that’s the only way that you’ll reach your fullest potential. Here are a few things to keep in mind to alleviate some of the fear that’s holding you back:

  • God is ALWAYS with you. God makes it very clear that He’ll never leave or forsake His people, so that means He’s always present. Whenever you’re having a hard time moving beyond your comfort zone, ask God for strength and courage. The Holy Spirit is always waiting to give you exactly what you need to be all God has called you to be! Ask yourself, how can you be the powerful and influential young woman God wants you to be if you allow fear to prevent you from moving forward?
  • Fear is NOT from God. In fact, fear is from the enemy. 2 Timothy 1:7 says this: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” So if fear is NOT from God, then it has to be from the enemy. The enemy knows that if you’re afraid to step out of your comfort zone, then you won’t be able to do everything you’re supposed to do in this life. When you start feeling fearful, respond by quoting Scripture. This will strengthen you and the enemy will flee.
  • You’re special and God uses you to lead the way. God uses His people to be the light in the darkness and He’s already equipped you with everything you need. You’re a priestess and you’re extremely valuable to this world. Remember who you are and that you can do all things through Christ. Stepping out of your comfort zone, whether it means trying something new, meeting new people, speaking the Gospel, or doing something God has laid on your heart to do, is always an opportunity to show God’s greatness through you. Don’t be afraid to lead the way!
  • Moving forward always requires letting go and stepping out. Have you ever watched a baby learn how to walk? She knows that in order to get from one place to another, she has to let go of whatever she’s holding on to. She may begin by cruising along the wall or moving from one chair to the next, but inevitably she realizes that it is much quicker when she lets go and moves forward. It’s the same thing with us! When we let go of our fear, it’s only THEN that we can move forward!
  • Failure is only a lesson learned. And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them” (Romans 8:28.) It’s okay to make a mistake. You may also run into people who dislike you, especially when your light shines bright. Sometimes you may feel inadequate. But regardless, God will cause all of those things to build you into who you’re supposed to be. So don’t be afraid to step out. Remember:

The only thing worse than failing is never trying!

What are some things you do to help you move past your comfort zone?

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13 Comments

  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by Winter1234 on December 18, 2012 at 18:00

    Thank you!

    • krisstib

      Posted by krisstib on February 18, 2013 at 07:05

      This is awesome… would you mind if I used a few of these points in a upcoming talk. I will make sure to reference you and this site. I talk about this stuff all the time I just like the points you made!

  2. HurricaneMurphGirl

    Posted by HurricaneMurphGirl on October 26, 2012 at 20:54

    That was really helpful! I am very shy, but have been praying that God would help me to get over it and move on, and I’m really making progress. Jesus is calling to each and every one of us to step out of the boat and come to Him. All we have to do is keep our eyes on Jesus!

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by Alyssa R. on October 25, 2012 at 21:01

    I looked at the title and thought, “That’s me! (The photo even looks a tiny bit like me!)” Thank you so much, I think anyone struggling with fear needs to hear this again and again! I’m still just learning to get past my comfort zone. My two best things to do so far are to pray – a lot – and then do whatever I’d do if I weren’t afraid, even if it’s daunting and scary at first. It always gets better.

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by BeMyLoveStory on October 25, 2012 at 18:34

    love this article, it helps so much. great tips and lessons.

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by Deegirl08 on October 25, 2012 at 17:15

    I have a panic disorder so its kinda hard for me to even do normal things…but I know its just one of Satans schemes to keep me from fulfilling my calling:which is to be a pastor!:)

  6. olburrows

    Posted by olburrows on October 25, 2012 at 09:08

    I honestly needed to hear this today! Thank you, Aysha! Also, I have a question. If fear is not from God, then why does He want us to fear Him. Kind of confusing…

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by Alyssa R. on October 25, 2012 at 16:22

      Great question, olburrows! I’ve thought about this too. The way I see it, “fearing God” is completely different from “being fearful.” The fear of God is more of a reverence and a respect for authority. It’s like when little kids look at their moms and think, “Oh, I’d better do this, because Mom says I have to, and she’s happy when I do,” or, “I’d better not do that, because Mom would get mad, and she’d be right.” Fear of God is the humility that comes from knowing that He is a *lot* bigger than I, that He (not me) is the one who knows everything, made everything, and is in authority. And, once I understand that, it is the best and most reassuring thing in the world to free me from the “being fearful” kind of fear. Just because we can’t do something on our own strength doesn’t mean we have to be afraid of it. God is bigger than we are, and bigger than it is, and He is always with us. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

  7. Project Inspired

    Posted by Jadejam on October 25, 2012 at 05:54

    Fantastic article 🙂

  8. Paris

    Posted by Paris on October 25, 2012 at 00:59

    I had a hard time with this,but God has REALLY pulled out of my shell. Now,I’m MUCH more confindent in myself,although I still get scared sometimes.

  9. LL107

    Posted by LL107 on October 24, 2012 at 15:38

    WOW!!! GREAT ARITICEL IT ACTALLY LET ME HAVE MY CONFORT ZONE!!!!!:):d

  10. HISprincess13

    Posted by HISprincess13 on October 24, 2012 at 14:59

    cool. thanks Aysha this really helped me SO much!! ive been thinking bout this for awhile thanks!! <3

  11. unicorns4567

    Posted by unicorns4567 on October 24, 2012 at 09:04

    thanks Aysha! this has realy helped cleared alot of my messes and has unraveled the devil’s schemes. by the way if anyone is looking for a book. there is a realy good one called the “screwtape letters” by C.S. Lewis. it’s like listening to the devil’s conversations so you can see that alot of thing’s that bring confusion and fear is because of him.