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.

Self-Care Can Sneak Its Way Into Your Daily Routine


Self-care can sneak its way into your daily routine even when you’re so exhausted you hardly have enough energy to crawl out of bed.

But, if you don’t make space daily for self-care you end up often feeling irritable, anxious, depressed or bored.  And all of that negative energy further depletes you and pushes self-care even farther into the background.

According to Dr. Christiane Northrup, a women’s health expert, the key to self-care is knowing in your heart that the best way you can care for others is by caring for yourself.  It’s not selfish or to take care of yourself first.  By doing so, you are assured that you have enough energy to take care of the other people in your life.

Here are some easy ways you can let self care sneak its way into your daily routine:

  • Avoid unnecessary distractions – “fillers” – i.e., TV, Internet, texts and the constant demand to be in touch with everything and everyone, consume our time.  All of this connection takes precious time away from the most important connection of all – the connection with self. Reduce the amount of negative energy coming at you from the media, and social connections.
  • Start a Morning Ritual – Wake up earlier than usual and squeeze in an extra half- hour to pray, meditate, read motivational quotes or sit quietly breathing deeply. This is your time to focus on yourself before starting your day.
  • Protect Your Boundaries – Boundaries are the invisible lines you place around you to protect your time, energy and resources. Your boundaries establish how you expect to be treated and what’s acceptable and what’s not.  Guard your boundaries with care because strong boundaries make it easier to say “no” to requests and demands that eat away at your time, energy, confidence and self-worth.
  • Treat yourself kindly – Taking time to wind down, reflect and feel in control of your life is likely to create better feelings about yourself.  And the benefits extend to your family, friends, and co-workers.  Treating yourself well is a powerful way to feel calmer, loving, generous, patient and relaxed.
  • Fine-tune your schedule so that you leave space for some “me time”.  When you are planning your daily activities, put YOU as a priority so that you have a visual reminder to take some time for yourself, even if it’s only 15 minutes to sit with your eyes closed.

Adding self-care to your daily routine shows that you place value on yourself and love yourself enough to take the very best care of yourself.

What’s your self-care routine?

Gladys Anderson – Life Coach, Therapist, Author

Gladys Anderson, founder of Coach for YOUR Dreams, is a certified life coach, licensed marriage and family therapist, writer and speaker. Gladys combines years of experience, training and a genuine commitment to helping nurses, teachers, therapists and other care giving women to set limits so they have more time, and energy to devote to self-care.