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Resistance is as natural a process and as strong a force as motivation is. Whenever you embark on a new endeavor, resistance acts as the equal and opposite force to the motivation that drives you to take up the task in the first place. In almost all areas of our lives that require some kind of long-term change, we encounter resistance. Whether it is adopting a new diet plan, a new fitness regime, or just plain moving to a new place – resistance is a natural reaction to change. To put it simply, resistance is what prevents you from getting work done.
Why Resistance is Innate and How to Overcome It
Embarking upon any journey that requires significant changes to your lifestyle and habits is tough. Even the most determined people will falter at the first step because our internal defense mechanisms guide us to stay away from hardship. You might remember the difficulty you had the last time you started a new workout regimen.
The thing about such resistance is that it never goes away. You will always feel a subconscious urge to drop the new habit and settle back into your comfort zone. Driving through this barrier is the most difficult and the most rewarding step. If you ever have one of those days when you wake up and don’t feel like going to the gym, you will see this principle in action. On a day when you feel the urge to slack off but go ahead and put in a good workout anyway, the resulting feeling of satisfaction is immense. Just as even the toughest of walls can be broken through by applying the required amount of force, resistances in life can be conquered through sheer force of willpower. It’s not easy, but it is definitely worth the effort. Let us see how we can deal with the resistances we face on a day-to-day basis.
1. Relax, take a deep breath and try to understand the root cause.
Whenever you encounter strong negative feelings that deter you from getting work done, step back and try to look at the big picture. Taking some time off will improve your perspective and help you understand the problem at hand better. During your physical training, you may sometimes notice that even though you are following your plans to the letter, your gains may plateau. At such a juncture, it is recommended to take a break, rethink your strategies, and eliminate ideas that aren’t producing the desired results.
2. Overcome resistance daily.
One of the major lessons to be learned about overcoming any kind of trepidation is that it will always be there. There is never going to be a day in your lives when you do not feel any negative thoughts going through your mind. But if you keep conquering them day in and day out, the hold they have over your actions decreases steadily. The greater the resistance working against you, the greater the reward for breaking through it will be.
3. Patience is your greatest virtue.
It is a normal human tendency to expect instant, magic-pill solutions to problems. There are countless people who read about a new diet plan, get excited and adopt it only to drop it two weeks later claiming it doesn’t work. Sometimes, you need to remember that the process itself is the reward and that if you stick to the process long enough, results will come. Just putting in that one extra day when you feel like quitting the most can get you results you never dreamed were possible.
In summation, we must learn to embrace the fact that resistance, both physical and mental, is a natural reaction to undertaking a life-changing endeavor. We must learn to embrace this phenomenon as one of the necessary evils on the path to success. After all, victory tastes much sweeter when it is achieved against overwhelming odds.