Resistance is a magician. She changes her appearance from a massive mountain to a thin paper like shield. She pulls countless rabbits out of her hat and those rabbits can stop me. Then the hat is empty and I wonder, were rabbits real or only an apparition?
Resistance likes to appear unannounced. She’s no longer excited to be the Headlining Act at The Magic Castle, that bores her because her audience is sitting there waiting to be entertained by magic tricks. She dislikes a demanding audience she’d rather surprise her unsuspecting participants. These days she prefers moving from house to house covering all continents. She likes to compare herself to Santa Claus.
I’ve noticed her favorite time to pop up in front of me is when I’m embarking on a challenge.
Walking through her smoke hoops is similar to entering the chilly ocean waters at the beach. Upon that first dip of the toe into the chilly water we resist going in, sometimes we just run back to the warm sand. Yet, if we’re courageous enough to enter the water, once we’re in it’s great. We shout to the others who stand on the brink of the water, “Come on in, the waters warm.” We’re not lying to them, it really is warm… once you’re in.
So when the Resistance magically appears, just try to remember that the water’s warm once you’re in. So go ahead jump through her smoke hoops.
Putting poetry and musings aside for a moment, resistance can completely stop us from moving forward or it can merely interrupt our flow. There is a wide range of how strongly we empower it. Wherever the level of resistance is doesn’t really matter what matters is that we keep going and move through that powerful giant cobweb of resistance.
5 steps for working through resistance:
1. Listen to the thoughts that keep you feeling stuck. Write them down so you can see them. They might be “when things settle down I’ll start up again, it’s just too hectic now” or “I tried that before and it didn’t work” or, I don’t have the time, the credentials or …fill in the blank.
2. Stop what you are doing and find a place to be alone. Focus on your breathing as you concentrate on your inhale and your exhale, BREATHE. This is your opportunity to reconnect to productive thoughts and recommit to taking inspired action. (There is a difference between frustrated-action and inspired-action.)
3. Visualize yourself experiencing your goal as if it is already happening. Charge your visualization with the positive feelings of it already happening.
4. Take inspired action. With your current productive empowered thoughts, and your visualization and feelings all in place, choose to experience gratitude for your success. Move forward taking action while feeling inspired.
5. Although you may feel resistance, choose to continue in your actions and hold productive thoughts as you continue on step-by-step closer to your desired goal. Make yourself take the actions. When resistance comes up, take a moment to re-group and move through it. Resistance training makes us strong much like lifting weights.
“It’s the constant and determined effort that breaks down all resistance,
sweeps away all obstacles.”
Claude M. Bristol
“Some people want it to happen…Some people wish it to happen…Others tear down the walls of resistance and make it happen.”
You know that feeling of euphoric accomplishment after you achieved what you thought was impossible, or ridiculously hard? When you do something that was incredibly challenging, it’s exciting! That’s what we need to connect with when resistance pops up. Connect with the excitement, it will push the resistance aside.