What Are You Running From?

Running of the BullsSome of us run to compete in marathons, some of us run fast to keep up with the latest gadgets and newest social phenomena. Others run fast to get away from a ferocious bull whose chief goal is to thrust his sharp horns into your back.

I recently came across an article about the dangerous, and for some, exhilarating sport of running with bulls. While some consider it a sport, animal rights activists call it cruel and dangerous.  Still, bull runs attract thousands of participants and spectators every year.

Every year since the 13th century during the San Fermin Festival, in Palmona, Spain, thousands of veterans and tourists flock to the annual running of the bulls. Although, it seems to me the people running are trying their best to run away from the bulls – not with them.

You may be wondering what running from bulls has to do with your life.

Let me share my take on it what it means to run with bulls. Running from bulls is a metaphor for life – taking risks and not letting fear stand in the way of pursuing your dreams.  It means that fear doesn’t stop you from taking the risk and you are willing to do what it takes to achieve your goal.

The folk who engage in this dangerous and life threatening “sport” take the risk because they have decided to do it despite fear, danger or limitations.  You may not take on such dangerous pursuits as running from bulls but most of us run in other ways.

You may not be trying to stay ahead of a herd of bulls but you may be running from other things that hold your back from living your best life.

Here are some examples of the things you may be running away from:

  • Successes in achieving what you say you want because you don’t have a workable plan in place to reach your goals. A powerful way to achieve your goals is through visualization or using a vision board as a daily reminder.
  • Opportunities and experiences that could enhance your life by allowing fear, doubt and limiting beliefs to creep into your mindset. Be open to trying new things.  Don’t let fear sabotage you from participating in things that will bring you closer to living with joy, harmony and purpose.
  • Abundance by focusing on scarcity rather than showing gratitude for what you already have. Use your gratitude journal to list all the things you are grateful for.
  • Change because you’re stuck in the same old patterns of behavior. If doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results is a recipe you follow, it’s time to make some adjustments to the ingredients. Let go of unrealistic expectations of yourself and others.
  • Happiness by letting fears that have you overwhelmed, stressed and regretful keeping you from living your authentic purpose.

Whether you’re planning to run a marathon, run from bulls or run just because you can, the above examples can help you become aware of what you may be running away from.

And, to assist you on your journey, I invite you to get my FREE special report, Building Strong Boundaries to Create Breathing Space in Your Hectic Life.

Gladys Anderson – Life Coach, Therapist, Author

Gladys Anderson helps nurses, teachers, social workers, therapists and other busy overwhelmed women to set limits so they have more time, more joy and more energy for self-care.

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