What's Your Chicken Line?


Summary of Main Ideas

What is your chicken line?


One of my buddies talks about the chicken line as the place in your life where, at a certain point, you become a chicken about stuff.


Maybe you would jump off a 10 foot cliff into the water, but at 20 feet you draw the line. That’s your chicken line.


There’s nothing wrong with having a chicken line. We all have them. The thing we need to make sure of is that our chicken lines are in the right place.

When our chicken lines are too low, sometimes, we miss out on what life has to offer us. Sometimes, we need to work on moving that chicken line out just a little bit further, so that we don’t miss out.


Tim Ferriss talks about how usually, the thing we most need to do is the thing that we fear the most. In other words, the majority of the effort that you put into self-improvement needs to come from your fears.


Where are you afraid? Is it being vulnerable in relationships? Is it taking that leap in your career? Or settling down and starting that family? Maybe you need to move your chicken line.


Whatever area of your life that you want to grow in is going to require you to adjust that chicken line. To grow, you’re going to have to go to a place that you’ve never gone before.


Again, chicken lines aren’t bad. It would be harmful if we just got rid of them all together. When they’re all out of whack, they look like fear. But when they are fine tuned, they look like healthy boundaries, set by someone who knows what they want and where they are going.

So where are your chicken lines?  


“What we most need to do is usually what we fear the most.” Tim Ferriss

Reflection Questions

  1. Where are your chicken lines in your life?

  2. What area of your life do you want to grow in, and how do you need to adjust your chicken line to get there?

  3. Where have you missed out on life because your chicken line was too low?

  4. Where in your life do you need to stretch your chicken line?