Breaking Out Your Comfort Zone VOE Episode 13

Have you in the past or are currently struggling with stepping out on faith and pushing past your comfort zone? Deep down inside you know that you have the gifts, talents and gifts to take your life to the next level, but… you keep hitting an invisible wall of fear that keeps you from moving
forward and venturing out into the unknown. Well, that’s exactly what I’m going to help you with
on this week’s show, where you’ll receive biblical and practical advice to stir your soul and
propel you forward to say “YES!” to pushing pass your comfort zone!

Scripture tells us in “Philippians 4:6 (NIV) “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every
situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
And in Joshua 1:9 (NIV) it tells us “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do
not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
We should always remember that God’s power and strength will never diminish. He is never too
tired or too busy to listen and help us. His power is our source of confidence. So, when you
experience fear and doubt in your soul, and you can’t take another step, and you can’t push
past that invisible wall of fear and doubt that keeps you in a comfort zone remember this... you
can call on God and He will renew your strength and provide you fresh faith to receive that
breakthrough you so richly deserve.
I am reminded that to be truly successful at anything we set out to do requires FAITH, focus,
discipline, hard work, perseverance, tenacity, will, and courage. And in a few minutes, I am
going to share with you some guidelines in how to boldly and gracefully break out of your
comfort zone.

I have three questions to ask you first. If you can, put me on pause and grab a piece of paper
and something to write with; you may want to write these down for further reflection.
1. Is what you are doing right now what you want to be doing?
2. What fears and beliefs have you picked up that are keeping you from
pushing pass your comfort zone?
3. What will it take for you to take that first step of faith toward taking your
power back?

These thought-provoking questions are designed to get you thinking about whether you are in
your comfort zone or your growth zone. Do you remember that promise you made yourself last
week, yesterday or even today? How’s it going?
No matter what is happening in your life right now – it will take courage to push pass your
comfort zone, live out your dreams, and manifest your greatness. I’ve quoted motivational
speaker Lisa Nichols before in a previous podcast and I think it’s worth repeating again “Leap
afraid and gather your courage on the way down”. I promise you God will give you either a firm
foundation to stand on or wings to soar like an eagle. So, ask yourself, what do I have to lose?
On a personal note, I know I have had to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. God has
placed a big vision in my heart for VOE (I am crystal clear that I have been called to encourage
those around me – I am walking in my purpose and calling on my life) but that does not make
me exempt from experiencing the comfort zone dilemma. Every day God gives me more and
more ideas and leads me into unknown territories. For example, creating the “A Woman’s Heart”
PODCAST Show – this was really was a divine gift from God I had no idea how to create one,
what to say, but God did. Let me tell you how HE showed up and showed out! – He sent into my
life Schinnell Leake, Founder of Extra-Ordinary Birthdays and she introduced me to Meghan
Enriquez, owner of True Conversation Networks and Meghan planted the Podcast seed – and
the rest is history. What happen next was another divine plan from God. At one of the VOE
Empowerment workshops I met Elisa-Ruth Nelson, VOE Podcast Chief Editor; she approached
me and simple said, “I believe in your vision, I want to help, use me as you see fit.” (you know
they say when the student is ready the teacher will appear).
I am walking in God’s plan and watching it unfold and it has been awesome! Frame of
reference - for many years God has been depositing every form of empowerment and
encouragement in my spirit through books, training, leading, teaching, coaching, information
sharing, and networking. He has allowed me to use this podcast medium of communication to
inspire, coach, and empower those who need to be uplifted and refreshed – for that I am truly
grateful. I’m so glad that I pushed pass my own comfort zone to create this Podcast show,
collaborate with Elisa-Ruth to deliver these messages every 2 nd and 4 th Friday of the month. I am
a living witness of how Voices of Encouragement has blessed so many people (it is completely
bigger than me and the VOE Executive Leadership Team -- it is out of our hands) we are getting
the word out through the empowerment workshops, podcast shows, inspirational books, and
coming soon… the VOE success goals life coaching services. With all these moving parts of
the business I have had to really push pass my own personal comfort zone and walk by faith.
As I was creating this podcast I did some internet surfing just to see what information is out
there about breaking out of your comfort zone, in my search I came across a list that Forbes

Magazine published. It’s awesome and it is geared toward getting you to think about moving
pass your comfort zone. I will expand on what I believe are the top five (5) in today’s show.
Forbes Overcoming Fear: 10 Ways to Step Outside Your Comfort Zone
1. Do Small Activities to Challenge Yourself
2. Coach Yourself
3. Become Familiar with Discomfort
4. Clearly Visualize Success
5. Don’t Go at it Alone
6. Remember: Some of the Best Things Happen when You’re Uncomfortable
7. Turn It into A Learning Experience
8. Picture Yourself Filling with Light and Confidence
9. Perform Research to Get A Handle on Fears
10. Embrace A Role 

Mark Twain said, “The secret to getting ahead is getting started”.
So, let’s get started!
But before I do let me share my personal affirmation with you – saying it out loud to myself
every morning gets me excited and keeps moving forward with my personal goal of growing
Voices of Encouragement to empower all women.
I’m a powerful purpose driven woman on a mission
In 2017 I assumed this position
Thanking God for my direction and clarity, cause he’s my creator He chose this career
for me
So just sit back, step back, and watch me flow, cause VOE, we are on the grow
We keep showing, suiting, stepping up to the plate
Believe extreme success if our only fate
And as break pass this invisible wall of fear
Let me keep real and be very clear
If you think you know you have no idea
Know idea is what you have
Cause I’m supercharged I’m highly powered
I’m bad to the bone the name is Edna E. Howard

Top 5 Tips for Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone
1. Do Small Activities to Challenge Yourself
2. Coach Yourself
3. Become Familiar with Discomfort
4. Clearly Visualize Success/
5. Don’t Go It Alone

Do Small Activities to Challenge Yourself
When pushing pass your comfort zone you can challenge yourself to take small steps of faith
toward you targeted goal. For example, let’s say you have a goal of passing a major
certification or exam. The best way to get yourself geared up and ready to pass the exam
would be to first pray about it and ask God for his help in absorbing and retaining the
information then prepare yourself to take a series of small practice examines, immerse yourself
in the subject, talk about the certification and what it takes to pass the exam with individuals
who support you. Of course, you know you must do your homework and study with belief,
schedule yourself for the exam and go ace it. Create action items for your plan and make mini-
goals on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. This can be one of the most difficult steps in the
process of pushing pass your comfort zone but remember you build your confidence by slowly
moving toward your goal, each step of faith will increase your confidence.
Coach Yourself
When pushing pass your comfort zone you need to coach yourself; however, I like to say you
need to encourage yourself. I use the ministry of remembrance – that is when I reach back and
look over my life and focus on my many blessing and then I remember all the challenges that
God has help me to overcome. You could say… I leveraged my good memories for my future
successes. I remind myself that if God has help me meet my goals before He will do it again
(this could require you to sit down in a quiet place and write out your successes). It is important
to remember that God will bless you but that it may look different from before so don’t get
caught up on what it will look like – just have faith and watch Him work on your behalf. I
encourage you to stay confident in your abilities and push pass your comfort zone.

Become Familiar with Discomfort
When pushing pass your comfort zone you need to get comfortable with being uncomfortable.
This requires you to lean into – whatever you’re pursuing whether it be a new job, sticking to a
new exercise regimen or realizing a life-long dream, etc. It will require you to have tremendous
focus, persistence, and yes discomfort. You will need to dig your heels in and push, and push
some more pass your comfort zone. When you finally do arrive on the other side of that
invisible wall of fear you will be able to celebrate your success. Take courage to live your
dream and manifest the greatness in you.

Clearly Visualize Success
When pushing pass your comfort zone you don’t ask permission you have to give notice. This
tip may require you to be a little creative, and what I mean by that - create a vision board. (A
vision board is a wonderful tool to help clarify and accomplish your goals.) Now if you attended
the January 2018 Write the Vision Workshop you would have received some instructions from
speaker (the master of living outside her comfort zone) JL Bolton on how to create an effective
vision board.

Another way to visualize is to go into t quiet place, sit still, close your eyes, and begin to imagine
meeting your goal, think about what it is going to look like and more importantly what’s it going
to feel like (tying our emotions to something we want to accomplish is a powerful way of pulling
us toward that which we want to achieve). Lastly, get clear picture of what it is you want to do
and write it down and give it a completion date - look at it every day and speak it out loud. For
example, I thank God for helping me complete my goal of finishing my Success Goals Life
Coach Certification by September 30 th . You’ve got a vision now it’s time to get a plan. A plan is
a documented desire which could be a desire that God has planted in your heart. A detailed
written plan will help you hold yourself accountable in order for you to advance to the next
level… manifesting.

Don’t Go It Alone
When pushing pass your comfort zone, sometimes you need to ask for help! Reach out to
someone who is doing what you want to do and ask them if you can buy them a cup of coffee so
you can chat with them about how they accomplished their goals. Ask them to walk you through
how they got started and to give you some advice on where you should begin. (Remember to be
very selective in choosing someone to help you – because you need someone who is willing to
give back and coach you). You can also assemble an entourage of vison accountability
partners that will help you keep the vision at the forefront and prevent it from falling by the
wayside. When obstacles and opposition come, these encouragers will motivate you to keep at
it. Keep asking questions, pray, journal and continue to seek guidance so that you will be
moving in the direction of your provision.
One thing I want you all to remember is that it’s OK to refine and revise your goals and plans
because that helps you to keep moving pass your comfort zone.
I would like to share with a poem that I believe will put this topic in perspective for you, when I
was a Senior Sales Director in Mary Kay Cosmetics. I used the words of this poem to get the
consultants in my sale unit encouraged and motivated.
The Comfort Zone
by Anonymous
I used to have a comfort zone
where I knew I couldn't fail,
The same four walls of busy work
were really more like a jail
I longed so much to do the things
I'd never done before,
But I stayed inside my comfort zone
and paced the same old floor
I said it didn't matter
that I wasn't doing much,
I said I didn't care for things
like diamonds or furs and such

I claimed to be so busy
with the things inside my zone,
But deep inside I longed for
something special of my own
I couldn't let my life go by
just watching others win,
I held my breath and stepped outside
to let the change begin
I took a step and with new strength
I'd never felt before,
I kissed my comfort zone good bye
and closed and locked the door
If you are in a comfort zone
afraid to venture out,
Remember that all winners
were at one time filled with doubt
A step or two and words of praise
can make your dreams come true
Greet your future with a smile,
success is there for you!

This poem is so powerful! Consider writing this poem out (or you print it from the script that
comes with the Podcast) – and place it where you’ll see it daily – perhaps post it to your
bathroom mirror or at your desk at work.
I would also like to share with you a book that I read in my earlier 20s. I tell you, it
revolutionized the way I approached my goals and I have been utilizing the techniques ever
since; “Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway” by Dr. Susan Jeffers. This book has some great
coaching tools that can help you take a quantum leap!!
Thanks so much for listening in.
If you have enjoyed our time together please share this podcast, or tell a friend about it. Mark
your calendars for the upcoming Voices of Encouragements Women’s Empowerment Workshop
scheduled for Saturday, October 13 th (VOE will be celebrating our one year anniversary of the
VOE Woman’s Empowerment Breakfast series. Registration for this workshop opened on
August 20 th . For more information email me at
Have a triple P Week: Powerful, Positive, and Productive
Until we meet again remember Ephesians 4:1 “Walk worthy of the calling with which you were called."