Can you leave your comfort zone?

Dr. Grant Mullen Churches and Leadership, I am significant, Live fearlessly, Moods, Relationships, Uncategorized 34 Comments

Comfort zones are too comfortable to leave!

We will do anything to stay in our comfort zones. It’s human nature.

What’s so important that it’s worth becoming uncomfortable about?

This week I was pushed out of my comfort zone. So I dragged Kathy with me.

Kathy is my new producer & director

Kathy is my new producer & director, that's a stretch....for both of us

I have a new video camera and now I’m in uncharted waters.

God used this experience to teach me a valuable lesson about comfort zones and change.

Click on the video and I’ll tell you how I was stretched.

To live a transformed life you need to be ready for stretching outside your comfort zone.

Share the transformed life. Send this to your friends so they can get uncomfortable too.

Now I want to hear from you.

How has God been growing and stretching you? Just leave your comments below.

Your comfort zone can be a prison

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I’ll talk to you next week,

Grant

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Comments 34

  1. Hi Dr. Grant! Just wanted to let you know how God has moved me out of my comfort zone. A couple of years ago I was just sitting at home bored out of my mind, doing the same old thing. In these past two years God has pushed me into taking care of two elderly relatives. This is something I always had fear and trepidation in doing…but I am doing it and it isn’t as bad as I thought. This “change” in attitude brought on an even bigger change… I have lost 20 pounds throught Weight Watchers and am taking an Aesthetician’s course! Both of which has done wonders for my self esteem! But the biggest change is brought on through your videos which I ordered a number of months ago. These videos have helped my husband and me bring out the best in both of us. Our marriage is rock solid thanks to God and your insightful lessons on relationship building. Keep doing what you do, it is making a difference! 😀

  2. When I lived and worked in Toronto, I was in my comfort zone there. I had a high paying job in a medical clinic and great friends. Restaurants and supermarkets with organic produce and top notch shoe stores. Since 5 years ago I was sling-shot into Fort Erie….yup! I have been stripped of my “Egypt” and have been clothes with my “wilderness”. This is where I have seen my folly and the value of living a simple life and esteeming lower degree people higher than myself, while still respecting even evil authorities. I am at peace with my self and content in all things. I am even at peace with the timings of God and I am finally resting in His unseeing plan for me. I do see better now, I do feel more richer. I stopped craving, lusting and despising. I don’t measure people anymore….I simply serve.

  3. Hi Grant and “your new camera woman” Kathy,

    Enjoyed your new format. I am concerned though that perhaps “your new camera woman” is experiencing some ADT tendencies as the camera angle was constantly wandering???? LOL……next week at the mall????? Yes, I enjoy that our Father is soo unpredictable!!!

  4. I don’t know what your son was talking about…your previous videos are fine, even if Kathy is deliberately trying to be a bad camera woman just to take us out
    of our comfort zone!

  5. Another hit! Congrats – – Cathy was really great as the photographer – – I laughed all the way through. Nice flowers! Nice shoes! I like the back yard. Hope next week we get to see the front of your house. Amazing what you can do with a good camera and a good Cathy. (I too have a camera and a wife named Cathie – – and they too are both great.
    In His Grip,
    Steve

  6. Hi, Dr. Mullen!

    I love this video! Kathy is very creative with the camera!

    God has orchestrated events in my life recently that are forcing me to stretch and get out of my comfort zone. After 23 years of being a full-time mom, both of my children have “left the nest” within the last 6 months. I’m single, so being home alone every day is not exactly my idea of a fulfilling life. In addition, my current source of income will be stopping at the end of this year. So here I am–a 53 year old single woman who has not worked outside the home in 23 years, and I have to find a job. Right now, it’s an uncomfortable place to be. But I am trusting that God will work things out for my good and for His glory.

    Thanks for your great teachings!
    Teresa

    P.S. Unlike your son, I loved your previous videos. :0)

  7. Kathy thanks you for all the kind words. She’s a bit shy to actually get in front of the camera. Next week she’ll try using a tripod.
    And to you Jan Balch, we’re delighted to hear that our videos helped your marriage so much. We need to get the word out that as Christians we really can live transformed lives.

  8. Thank you for your latest video and your latest technology. Enjoyed your landscaping coming and going. Learning curves are always good as we stretch out of our comfort zones. Go Kathy!! Although I think I need to take a Gravol after watching. LOL
    On a serious note… I have deaf adult family members and on occasion I forward one of your messages to them. I have appreciated that your videos are close up to your face giving them the possibility to “speech read” you. The deaf are often excluded from receiving ministry due to communication challenges.
    Thank you for your thoughtful and grace giving presentation of God’s truth and love.

  9. I am tired on doing the job I have been doing for 27 years – it’s just not enough to live on anymore. Today is my day off and I do not want to go back to work tomorrow. I want to stay home and “nest”. I have never done this before. I want to nurture the other things in my life that will help me emotionally. I want to clean up my house, cook/bake, etc. I guess I just want to make my house a home.

    There is a job that I want to apply for and have had the applications for almost a year now and just do not finish them to take in. I am afraid in my middle age about working shift work. I tell myself that I can’t do it. I need to come out of my comfort zone. I am afraid that I will fail at it – this is my fear.

  10. I love reading these comments!
    And what a great talk re comfort zones. I’ve been a homeschool mom of 6 kids and the last is leaving the nest shortly. I have gone back to college (isn’t online wonderful!!) and shall graduate soon and start my work at home. I’ve always loved learning but this ed has challenged me to question over and over again why I ever thought I could do this. My husband has retired and re-fired, so together we’re experiencing breaking through the comfort zone boundaries, and we wouldn’t want it any other way!

  11. I just broke through another comfort zone! And was it scary! I just sent a comment! I’ve never done something like that before!

  12. Cheryl, if you don’t apply for that job you’ve already failed. If you apply, you open the door to the possibility of success. That’s definitely worth the small risk.

    Dorothy, congratulations on posting your first comment! This alone will launch you into an exciting life of risk taking and adventure. It will encourage others to take the same leap.

  13. Hi! I wish I could view your video blog. It has come up with an icon in the upper left corner, but for the first time I can’t access it.

  14. HI GRANT,, JUST WANTED TO SAY HOW MUCH I LAUGHED DURING THE ENTIRE VIDEO, BECAUSE THAT’S KIND OF HOW I WOULD USE A VIDEO CAMERA MYSELF. I NEEDED TO SMILE TODAY!!! THANKS CATHY,,,GOD BLESS!!

  15. This is so true for me I am having so much trouble getting out of my comfort zone. I need some help with it. Does anybody have any suggestions. I will not go anywhere i have not been before.

  16. Hi Dr.,
    After having lost almost everything of material value and having been forced from my home, family, and parish (pruning, – not going to go into details here), God then worked on my business income, healed my body and has restored my relationship with my wife. (watering)

    I was called to stretch a little many times along the way and have become quite flexible.

    I was called one year ago to minister to the lost and poor in downtown Winnipeg every day after work!?!? None of my previous experience had prepared me for this. I’m not even an outgoing person by nature. Over the past forty years I have been a farmer, carpenter and now a house designer. I couldn’t even share my faith with people at church, but now I often find myself sharing with strangers who are often drunk or high or fresh out of jail. Most are also struggling with some kind of mental and / or physical ailment. So I prayed constantly that God would show me how to do what he wants. I know it is the Lord in me because there’s just no other explanation. I often find myself saying things I didn’t know I knew, if that makes any sense, and most awkward of all is when He asks me to offer prayer for someone I met just a few minutes ago.

    To sum it up, He kept pruning and watering, pruning and watering, and watering some more until finally there is some fruit. His word is exactly what has been happening, which has the effect of building confidence in me despite the very uncomfortable zone I find myself in sometimes.

    Your questions are helping me to think things through.

    Thank you,

    Alcide

  17. I USED TO VIEW STEPPING OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE WITH GREAT FEAR BECAUSE I COULD NOT CONTROL THE OUTCOME… IT MIGHT NOT GO THE WAY I WANT IT TOO OR I WOULD THINK OF THE WORST OUTCOME ….BUT
    WHAT FATHER WOULD PLAN A DISASTER TRIP FOR HIS CHILD. HOLD MY HAND CHILD AND TRUST ME .. WE ARE GOING ON AN ADVENTURE… SURE THE GOING MIGHT GET ROUGH AND A LITTLE HAIRY AT TIMES BUT I AM IN CHARGE… WITH THE RIGHT VIEW IT CAN BE EXCITING.. DO A LITTLE BIT OF LIVING LIFE TO THE FULL! I KNOW FROM EXPERIENCE THAT THESE TIMES ARE WHEN I GROW THE MOST AND ALSO MY RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD GROWS MORE INTIMATE. TRUST BUILDS ON TRUST. WHAT DID I MISS ALL THESE YEARS SITTING IN MY COMFORT ZONE, HATCHED DOWN WITH MY LAYERS UPON LAYERS WAITING IN FEAR FOR THE STORM TO HIT. IT IS NEVER EASY TO TAKE THAT FIRST STEP EACH TIME BUT IT IS ALWAYS WORTH IT.

  18. Yes your videos are helping people. God works through people, to help other people. I think it is imperative that the ones that are still searching find God. Thank you for all the work you do.

  19. Well Dad, I have to say that I really liked this one. Great Job. Now all we need to do is give Mom a little bit of coaching on how to use the camera…

    I agree with Gwen, perhaps you should provide a warning at the beginning of the next video that Gravol might be required.

  20. Hi dr.Mullen..God took me out of my comfort zone a year ago.
    I went to Africa for a mission trip.doing sewing for 5 weeks.I am 75 years young.

  21. Hey great job Kathy! I thought you filmed everything you did on purpose : )
    Grant, God has been stretching me beyond my comfort zone so much. I love helping people and just doinmg whatever needs doing. Well I took on one too many assignments at a time where I was emotionally drained and I burned out… hit rock bottom. I was diagnosed with ‘clinical depression’ and told I needed to release as much responsibility as I could, go on medication, and go for psychotherapy. I did all that I was told too and expected God to do what I couldn’t. to make a very long story short, last year was a year of resting in Him and letting Him bring healing in many areas. This year has been a year of stretching, each step wondering if I could do it as God restored many areas of my life and began to open the door to ministry again. Now I have just stepped into an area of ministry that had been in my heart but when I crashed I never thought I would ever be able to do. And so here I am walking out into new territory… one step at a time.

  22. Excellent filming Kathy !! ……. at least I got to see the beautiful colours in your garden.

    I am definately out of my comfort zone ….. Australian girl in Canada, but God is good! He does equip us! Thank-you… You guys are awesome!

  23. I’ve so enjoyed your videos for several months now. (I’m moving out of my “comfort zone” by making a comment.) I couldn’t help but laugh at “Cathy – the producer”. Watching the video almost made me dizzy or “ziddy” as my granddaughter says. I’ll be forwarding your helpful productions to friends. Thanks so much.

  24. Yep, He sure has stretched me. I hate changes, but I want to go where God wants me and He’s never failed.

    oh, these videos are good and the backyard is lovely.

  25. I want to get out of my comfort zone but I don’t know how. Aside from a trip to the psych ward which only worsened the scenario I haven’t left my house since January.

  26. To get out of your comfort zone you need to feel stable emotionally. So the first step for you Leah is to get your meds balanced so your mood can be normal. A counsellor can then help you make the right decisions.

  27. Love the videos…thank you for bringing
    encouragement right to the comfort of my home office.

    How I change my comfort zone?
    Remembering fear is not of God…

    Bible says
    He has not given us a spirit of fear….
    so when I am afraid of a new situation..out of my comfort zone…
    God reminds me..

    Thank you again for these great videos.

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