“Rule of thumb: The more important a call or action is to our soul’s evolution, the more Resistance we will feel toward pursuing it.” -Steven Pressfield
When on the path of any sort, to greater fulfillment or purpose, such as a pursuit, or any calling in writing, painting, film, or the launching of an entrepreneurial venture or enterprise, or a diet or health regimen, or any program of spiritual advancement, we will meet Resistance. Any act that derives from our higher nature instead of our lower, or rather any act that rejects immediate gratification in favor of long-term growth, health, or integrity, will elicit Resistance.
What Resistance is, is something that we all feel. Some of us have callings and missions in life that go unfulfilled and unrealized because we have a tiny little voice in our heads that conjures up excuses, or create troubles, or insinuates a cycle of procrastination, and then victimhood. It is an internal force that is fueled by fear, and never sleeps. It has no strength of its own except to feed off of our fears of change or failure. So therefore the only way to fight it, is to fight our fears.
Though our fears have the capacity to haunt and paralyze us, fear can also be seen as good. It can be utilized as an indicator of something that we must do in order for us to grow. The rule of thumb concerning fear is; the more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it. The degree of fear equates to the strength of Resistance. In that case we can see it from the lens that, the more fear we feel about a specific enterprise, the more certain we can be that the enterprise is important to us and to the growth of our soul. With this in mind, let us be aware of the tremendous amount of love and gratification that is to be felt with the completion of that previously unmanifested art, project, or enterprise is to you.
So how do we beat Resistance? See, whether it’s the adoption of a healthier diet, a workout routine, meditation, a reading habit, writing, painting, or starting a business, I believe it is all about how many reps can one do. Or rather, how many days in a row can you flex that muscle? For how consistent can you truly be in your pursuit of excellence? Everyone with a body faces Resistance, you are not the only one. It is all a mindset; master your fears, and you will master Resistance.