Do you know how big God’s possibilities are for your life? Without realizing it, we can be living within self-imposed restrictions that have become so comfortable that we cannot see the freedom and finer pastures right in front of us.
My husband and I recently moved onto a larger property with acres of pasture for our horses. I pictured them running like the wind when I gifted them with this new freedom.
I walked them out to the first of several acres, excited to see them revel in their new open space. I released them and they ran! Then, just ten feet away from me, they turned and galloped back to the barn!
I stood, like a silly human, pointing to the pasture, in a pathetic attempt to draw them back. I’m sure, if anyone was watching it was quite amusing!
The barn was familiar. That big open space was a scary thing.
How often do we hang close to the “barn” in our lives and not recognize a bigger opportunity?
I know in the past I have been given opportunities that I deemed “too big” for me and I turned them down. I headed back to what I knew. I lived within my self-imposed restrictions.
I often wonder what would have happened had I taken those opportunities when they were offered. Would my business be bigger today?
So, how can we have a better chance of recognizing when we are staying too close to the barn and not running free in the pasture?
1. Surround yourself with people that see past your “barn walls.” Confide in a coach, mentor or some friends that are “big thinkers.” You know, the ones that seem to take chances and create success? Then listen to them when they suggest something bigger than your comfort zone.
2. Picture what would happen if you could not fail. We have all heard this saying, but do you take the time to really do it? Visualizing success in unchartered territory can allow you to break free of the invisible walls that keep you playing it safe. Forget the naysayers (both real and in your own mind). Instead step into the world of, “What if it works?” What would change for you, your family or your business if this bigger opportunity became reality? If it is in alignment with your values and passions then….
3. Set a series of goals. Think big, but it’s ok to start small. Steps into your new territory can be careful but must be consistent! Set a series of goals to get you going in the new direction, and be accountable to someone to stay on track. Success in increments can be easily measured and your confidence will escalate with each achievement.
It took about three days for my horses to carefully investigate the new grass pastures. Now they are owning all of it! They are happy and healthy in the new environment. I’m thrilled when I see them enjoying themselves and I can only imagine what God must feel like when we accept the bigger blessings He offers us!