Throw Your Hat Over The Fence

Picture of a wooden fence.

Picture of a wooden fence.

I first heard (or read) the phrase “throw your hat over the fence” a long time ago.

It  comes from the fact that hats used to be really expensive and working men (especially farmers and ranchers) really needed them to protect their heads. So if you lost your hat you did your absolute best to find it or get it back.

So throwing your hat over the fence pretty much meant that you HAD to go over that fence to get your hat back.

Big horned bull.

The story I read included a bull inside the fence. Which just underscored the importance of getting the hat back. If you were willing to face a bull for it…it was important!

So to throw your hat over the fence means to make a real commitment.

Many self help programs claim that making a commitment and actually starting to work toward a goal gets the whole universe aligned in your favor so that things just sort of all into place(not without work).

So that just making up your mind to actually do something…and getting started on it…makes it more likely that you will succeed.

I don’t know about that. But I do know that if you never actually start trying to reach a goal you won’t ever get there. And if you don’t make a commitment to do something…it will likely not ever get done. At least not by you.

So I’m throwing my hat over the fence.

Both in my blogging and in my life. It is time to stop thinking and worrying about it and just get on with it! So expect some changes on this blog including more content posts.

I hope you like them….but please let me know by commenting either way. Especially if there is something you think I could do better!

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