I recently read a book called, Do the Work, by Steven Pressfield. This book identifies one word that describes some of the anxious feelings we have when we’re trying to create something new. The word is RESISTANCE. In his book, Steven Pressfield identifies RESISTANCE as fear, self-doubt, procrastination, addition, distraction, timidly, ego, narcissism, self-loathing, perfectionism, rational thought, some friends and family. When we go on the pathway to create our dreams, whatever it is:
- Losing weight and keeping it off;
- Exercising consistently;
- Eating healthy regularly;
- Starting a business;
- Changing jobs or careers;
- Being vulnerable in a relationship;
- Forgiving others and restoring relationship;
- Getting married;
- Moving to another state or country;
- Moving away from friends and family.
We encounter RESISTANCE to what is in existence in our lives. It’s how we think, spend our time, our jobs/businesses, what we eat, our activities, our jobs, our friends and family. RESISTANCE is there when we’re trying to create something new. Why? Because we have to change some of what is currently in existence to make room for the change. As long as we strive to create, grow, change or achieve our dreams, it’s going to be there.
What if we mindfully make the choice to turn RESISTANCE into a strength?
What if we saw RESISTANCE as a great sign? What if we said to ourselves, yeah, I feel RESISTANCE? This means I’m onto something! I’m on my way to achieving my dream to lose weight or start a successful business! What if we got excited about RESISTANCE and let it validate that we are in fact making progress? What if we saw the ability to overcome it as a strength we want to build? What if we said to ourselves, I feel RESISTANCE that means I am alive and working towards my dreams? I’m taking a risk. I’m in the game of life, taking a chance. I’m about to experience success if I don’t give up. Yahoo!
What if we could embrace, accept and work through the corresponding anxiety that comes with change, have FAITH we will overcome? Would we live any other way?
Try this! The next time you feel RESISTANCE, give a shout. Tell yourself, “I’m on my way to achieving my dreams! I ONLY NEED TO OVERCOME THE RESISTANCE!” Don’t let it knock you down for good or give up!
- Rest and regroup if needed;
- Accept what is, harvest the good and let go of the rest;
- Learn your lessons, get support and step forward in FAITH.
It’s part of the process and the road to success.
Develop the habit of letting fear and doubt fuel your motivation versus defeat you. Turn limiting thoughts into affirmations. I can do it, I will do it, and I am doing it – whatever it is! Envision your success. Claim your dreams and keep on going.
FAITH is the “Eternal Elixir”
FAITH is like a welcome breeze. It brings joy back. Napoleon Hill said, Faith is the “eternal elixir” which gives life, power and action to the impulse of thought! Keep repeating and believing this. It’s true. Having a faithful mindset is everything.
Keep on keeping on and believe in yourself!
RESISTANCE means you’re making changes and progressing! You only need to keep overcoming the RESISTANCE. Have faith! If you don’t give up, you will succeed!
More life is on the other side of RESISTANCE.