Resistance is powerful and it’s why you and I aren’t exactly where we want to be.
See what you think of author Steven Pressfield’s assessment of the big R: “Resistance will tell you anything to keep you from doing your work. It will perjure, fabricate, falsify; seduce, bully, cajole. Resistance is protean. It will assume any form, if that is what it will take to deceive you. It will reason with you like a lawyer or jam a nine-millimeter in your face like a stickup man. Resistance has no conscience. It will pledge anything to get a deal, then double-cross you as soon as your back is turned. If you take Resistance at its word, you deserve everything you get. Resistance is always lying and always full of shit.”
So, there we are! But what’s next? How can we move through Resistance? Let’s start by taking a closer look at it. Science tells us that every time we have to make a choice we unconsciously tally all the pros and cons and then act based on how we feel in the moment. Not what we think, but how we feel. And if how we feel isn’t lined up with our goal then Resistance steps up and pushes us away from where we know we need to go and what we need to do.
But here is the key: We can’t control our feelings, but we can control what we do; how we act. So, the next time you run up against what you know you should (or shouldn’t) do, don’t hesitate—Right away, remember your commitment and act on it. Immediately. It’s your simple and effective way to win and to put Resistance in its place.