“Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands Resistance.” ~ Steven Pressfield
It’s a powerful force that’s opposed to the path you’re on.
It can come from the environment, from the words and actions of others, or from your own heart. Wherever it comes from, it feels like the message is the same.
You may be tempted to follow this guidance because it feels right, because it seems to relieve your pain. Sometimes, this may be the right answer. But in my experience it’s not the right answer in most cases.
Follow your resistance
For me, resistance provides important information and clues about where to go and what to focus on.
I may feel resistance to changing my diet, or ending a difficult relationship, or facing a painful past experience.
I don’t feel resistance when I decide to watch Netflix all day, or eat more than I need, or avoid difficult conversations. If I always chose the path with the least resistance, I would never grow physically, emotionally, or spiritually.
Doing something that’s hard, but necessary almost always comes with resistance. The resistance itself is the ingredient that fuels the growth.
So when you feel the resistance, instead of following your instincts to run, lean in and say to yourself “I’m on the right path.”
You’ll discover a version of yourself that’s more powerful, self assured, and resilient.