Managing Resistance

Like two sides of the karma coin, resistance is both an enemy and an ally.

On one hand, it’s what Seth Godin defines as the little voice in your head trying to convince you that what you are feeling is rational fear (Don’t touch that hot stove!) vs the constant self-talk that whispers all the reasons you should pursue tension relieving vs goal achieving activities.We can intellectually process the truth that a life in pursuit of purpose has just as much hard work, suffering and inconvenience as a life of pain-avoidance. And how we react to things we can’t control is the ultimate definition of character.

But forcing ourselves into productive spaces when the alternative feels so much easier is the hard part.

On the other hand, getting stronger requires lifting more weight, forcing yourself to add to the resistance to allow your metabolism to adapt and cope with the new reality.

Some days, the negative side of the resistance coin rules. The elite in every endeavor have moments of weakness and self-doubt.

To paraphrase Eclesiastes 9:11, “The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned.. it favors those who can keep going.”

Keep getting back up and into the game in spite of all obstacles and resistance. This is the one true key to achievement.

Easy to understand, but impossible to sustain without constantly pressing against resistance.