Fear can stop a person in their tracks. Have you ever noticed that rabbits do the very same thing? They can be happily munching on weeds and grass, hopping from one spot to the other, and then they just freeze. Maybe they felt the tremors in the ground from you walking closer to get a better look. Or maybe they heard the cry of the hawk overhead. Instead of running for safety they freeze, making themselves easy prey. That is the message from Rabbit; Move it or lose it!
A few years back I was in trouble with my mortgage company. Our business had come to a screeching halt and I was unable to make my payments. I was so afraid of what was going to happen that I ignored their calls and letters. I just froze. I didn’t know which way to turn. A few weeks later, as I was driving my kids to school, I came across a rabbit in the middle of the road. I would normally have loved to see this, but this rabbit was dead. This rabbit had been squished by a car. This rabbit froze up and didn’t move to safety.
As I passed over this awful sight, I thought, Well. There you go. That could be me. I could become that rabbit. If I don’t do something soon, I’m going to get squished by my mortgage company!
Why is it that fear does that to us?
Why are we afraid to face the challenges that come to us?
A lot of people tell me that they are so afraid, they just don’t know what to do. My reply is that they should get moving. Just move. If you don’t take some sort of action toward fixing the problem or achieving your goal, you’ll never get there and you’ll more than likely get run over by the proverbial car.
A friend of mine went through a similar situation. She created a self-help business and had become so popular that she was asked to write a chapter for a collective self-help book. Although she’s not a ’writer’, she does know what she‘s talking about. Even though she had taught others how to achieve success, she was afraid that she‘d fail in this endeavor. She didn’t know how to go about writing, but she knew that she had to do this in order to launch her business to new heights. Instead of becoming the rabbit, she got over her fear, hired a ghost writer and got the job done.
If you are at a crossroads… If you are stalled… If you are scared to the point that you feel frozen… Think of Rabbit…