Is “resistance” a word that you are familiar with? For me, I understood the concept, but I didn’t necessarily know where it applied in my life.
Until recently, I wouldn’t have classified resistance as fear. Do you have fear around certain areas of your life? I know I do! There are so many things that I have wanted to do or even try but didn’t because I let resistance get in the way of taking that first step.
After reading the book The War Of Art, I see this so clearly now and how it affects each one of us.
Think about a time when you wanted to start a conversation with that one person, but you thought there’s no way they’ll go for me or I don’t want to sound stupid so you didn’t act.
How about a time when you were finally going to start working out, but the people you hang out with could care less about it, so you had to choose your new lifestyle or them.
Maybe you haven’t started working out yet.
Remember the job you were only going to stay at for a year and then pursue your dream career?
But that was 10 years ago and you feel defeated and scared.
Listen, I share this with you because this was me!
This IS me!
Wow, there are so many things in my life that I haven’t started, places I haven’t gone, things I haven’t said.
I hope that I’m not alone and that this is resonating with you. We all go through the same types of resistance with our wants, goals, jobs, relationships…the list goes on.
Maybe it’s something so small that you can change today to reduce the pressure and the noise in your life.
Maybe it’s turning off Facebook notifications so that you’re more present with your family.
Maybe it’s having that conversation with someone you’ve been putting off for days, weeks, months, even years!
You know the one that you think about every day, but have been too afraid to have it?
From my experience, every time I did something that scared me it always helped me grow and it was never as bad as I thought it would be. Usually, it was always a good experience and I didn’t know why I waited so long to do it!
In the book, it states that if you’re having resistance around something or feeling scared, that is the exact thing you need to do.
If you’re having intense feelings, it means you care deeply about the matter and you need to follow your heart.
So today, think about just one thing that has been on your mind that you want to clear. I promise you, whatever it is, big or small can be done if you take action. You’re not alone and we are ALL going through the same emotions.
I would love to hear what resistances you have overcome! Please share your victories in the comment section below.
I’m off to shovel the snow!