Swinging for the Fences with Unbridled Enthusiasm
I have experienced the process of becoming unbridled more than once. For me each time was a great risk because my inner voice started challenging by saying:
What if you don’t like what you see?
What if you can’t control it?
What will others think of you?
You will be judged.
Do any of these phrases sound familiar?
A bridle is a tool used by horse owners to control and command the horse while riding. As leaders, fear of failure can cause us to bear down when that may be precisely what we don’t need to do. In a conversation about “getting to unbridled” my dear friend and mentor Pam Rusten shared this well-known quote with me. “To hit a homerun…you need to swing for the fences.”
As a coach, I could immediately bridge the Unbridled Leader to the relevance of the phrase swing for the fences. The term "swing for the fences" has its origins in the early days of baseball when power hitters like Babe Ruth hit home runs over the fence with unbridled enthusiasm.
To swing for the fence or to unbridle oneself is to go for it – to show up in a present way, honor those “inner negative voices” that tell you all the reasons you cannot and will not accomplish your goal – and do it anyway! To push through and to accomplish whatever it is you set your mind to.
We never really get rid of that critique in our mind, so we get to learn to live above that voice. At the stable we learn to listen to a new voice – one that sounds like YES, I can, I claim myself, and I am enough.
Horses are excellent coaches and they reveal to us that the only limitations we place on ourselves are our own. They teach us to remove any obstacles in our path. They model how to be unbridled. www.fullstrideleadership.com
I leave you with this beautiful excerpt from Marianne Williamson:
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are. Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we learned here.