On last week’s episode I talked about receiving, and I’ve found what often happens when we step into receiving is that we encounter resistance. Every time we stretch ourselves in a way to try something new, to step out of our comfort zone, to do something differently, we are often met with resistance.
There’s so much emotion around change, and this can also go for speaking with somebody, a friend, a partner, or a co-worker, where you’re offering a new idea, or a new way to do things. There was initially some resistance from the other person, right? There’s a little bit of questioning, “Is this going to make my life harder?”
As you step into more and more self development, and you go towards who you want to be, resistance is going to show up. We fight against ourselves, and it’s not that you’re not good enough or you don’t have enough self discipline or you don’t have enough drive or ambition.
It’s the difference of approaching change and new things with gentleness instead of pushing or avoiding it, and it’s what this episode is about.
Some ways to break resistance:
- Setting up a morning routine to center yourself
- Breathe for a moment and decide what you want to do in this moment
Living a life really connected to myself and other people sounds blissful, and treating myself gently and being in a receiving energy is definitely a way I would like to experience life.
Resistance is something you can overcome. It is something that you will feel at times, but you are in complete power to overcome it and it doesn’t have to be hard. We don’t have to feel that it is something we have to effort our way through or just get over it when the resistance comes. We can just say, “Oh look, it’s resistance.”
In this episode I talk about:
- Resistance and the War of Art
- How resistance comes in and can stop you in your tracks
- That you can know the next steps you want and need to do, and the nature of resistance is to stop you from doing them
- How she experienced resistance about this podcast, and publishing episodes that were already recorded and ready to go
- The role of accountability in overcoming resistance
- What happens when we approach something with force and “angry energy”
- Approaching change and new things with gentleness
- The five second rule for resistance: count backwards from five and see what happens
The War of Art by Stephen Pressfield