There are many forms of resistance. It cannot be seen or touched, but it can be felt. It’s a force that distracts us and prevents us from doing our work.
What causes it? When we are faced with making a decision in favor of long term growth over short term gratification. It comes from inside of us. It will come up with any excuse to keep us from doing what we need to do, to get where we want to go.
My resistance takes the form of distraction. Emails, texts, notifications on social media, online shopping and videos of animals are just a few of the distractions that cause me to lose focus on the task at hand. I am the worst! I have yet to conquer this but I am working diligently at overcoming and being stronger than my distractions. I work with coaches and read books that support me in bringing myself back to focus. It also helps to shut down and unplug for some time each day. Put the phone in a drawer or a box from time to time and whatever you do, don’t bring the phone into the bathroom.
Schedule some quiet time for your mind. It supports keeping your focus on your intention. Remember, what you focus on grows! It’s important to bring the focus back to your intention when you feel distractions creeping in. If it doesn’t forward your intention, move on to something that does.
I’ve recently started meditating for a few minutes each day. Meditation is a struggle for me. There are 2 squirrels that live in my head and they are constantly chasing each other and are hard to settle down. The struggle is real but I will gain control over those rascals. I declare it!
Anyone out there struggle with procrastination? It is a common form of resistance. We actually tend to put off our lives all the way to our deathbed. Waiting for the right moment, whatever that is, that never seems to come. It’s easy to rationalize. We are going to do it, just not right now.
Resistance is fear. But instead of showing itself as fear, it will present as rationalization. It will show us rational justifications on why we shouldn’t do our work. It will argue for our limitations instead of coming up with a strategy to overcome them.
In this very moment, we can turn the tables on resistance and change our lives. It is within all of us and it’s not too late. Don’t get in the way of your success by putting on the brakes. Are you allowing yourself to be lifted out of resistance or fighting to stay stuck?
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