Do you feel a tug towards something but then write it off for a bevy of different reasons? Maybe part of you wants to run a 5K (or a marathon!), or write a book or even just journal everyday. Perhaps you’d like to start a film festival or open a daycare center. And it doesn’t have to be this big either, it could be as simple as wanting to spend time in your garden, strumming your guitar or maybe buy a book that you keep hearing about.
That is what happened to me with the book “The War Of Art” by Steven Pressfield. I’m not exaggerating when I tell you, this book has been recommended to me at least 42 times. I took note after I explained this phenomena to the last person to mention this book to me when he said “And it took you 41 times before you heard it”. I heard it. I just ignored the tug. And then later on the SAME DAY one of my mentors emailed her weekly newsletter and she spoke of, yes, you guessed it, “The War Of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles”. Here’s the sweet irony. This book (that I’ve been avoiding /ignoring) is all about resistance. R.E.S.I.S.T.A.N.C.E. people.
Resistance can reveal itself in many forms: overwhelm, struggle, fear, justification, rationalization, procrastination or even boredom. One of the tricks to overcome resistance is to lean into it. Dive into the wave instead of running from it or standing still and letting it knock you over. Listen to yourself and you’ll start to hear resistance speak loudly when your inner intender is headed towards something of importance. If you fear something or find yourself rationalizing why you can’t or won’t take that next step, HEAR that as resistance and recognize what you might be avoiding as important. When you know what it is, you can move forward. You’ll start to hear resistance more clearly and get more intuitive about it and your inner desires with each day.
Kinda like when you hear a book being recommended 42 times. Maaaaaybe you’re supposed to read it. The next time you feel yourself resisting something, take note. It might be important.
How has resistance shown up in your life lately? Come tell me on my Facebook page or better yet, join my Intentional Living Facebook group and be around like-minded people who intend their way to a better life. And if you’re not a Facebooker, I respond to each email, just hit reply.
Until next week, listen for your resistance.