Hey, friends! I wanted to hop on and talk to you for a minute. Let me start with a short story. My husband and I have been raising beef cows as a hobby for the last 3-4 years. It’s been a fun and adventurous little venture that our boys thoroughly enjoy. A few months ago we purchased this year’s cows that we will eventually sell in quarters early next year. To say these cows were skittish from the get-go is an understatement. The move from the farm where they were born to our current location was traumatic for them. My husband first held them in a small holding pen for a couple of days before opening up a corral and letting them out into the larger pasture that had been cordoned off with a portable electric wire. The cows, being curious and trying to run from my husband, went up to the wire and as expected, it shocked them. The electric wire stayed up for three to four days before my husband removed it to give them more roaming privileges. Here’s where it got interesting; Even though the live wire had been taken down, the cows refused to go past where it had previously been. Here they were with the complete freedom to roam free and run the entire length of the pasture yet they were too afraid to go past the spot that had previously caused them pain.
Fear can happen to any of us
I wonder how many of us are like that in our own lives? Living a fear-based life because of what happened in the past when we have complete freedom at our disposal. I’ve been there, so I know how it feels. You try something new, and it doesn’t work. All the negative circumstances that come with the failed attempt leave you hurt, vulnerable and afraid to step out again so that when another opportunity comes along, you refuse to take a chance and try. When this happens often enough, we can lose confidence in ourselves, our abilities and the goals we’ve set for ourselves.
Move past fear
Friends, don’t let past failures keep you from pursuing the life of freedom that lies ahead of you. Don’t be like our cows who missed out on a great opportunity of fresh, green grass for days because of past disappointments. You’ve been given the world to conquer. Refuse to let the fear of repeating past failures hold you back from conquering it. This time you just might find an open door and success.