Resistance. A very powerful, but subtle, opponent. Whenever we try to do anything that would move us in an upward, positive direction, Resistance is there to block us. I personally believe that this is how the concept of “the devil” got started, but that’s a whole other topic.
Resistance is a trick of the mind. It is a longing for the old ways, for ease, for familiarity and predictability. When we start to develop new, positive habits, we are marching through uncharted territory in our lives. We are creating a new path that was previously grown over with weeds, brambles, and thorns. We know that once we clear the path, it will be easier and easier to walk through. But, until then, Resistance is there to make our lives uncomfortable and difficult.
For example, if your new habit is to pack some healthy fruit and eat it on your way to the gym after work, this is new territory. Your coworkers are going out for Happy Hour, complete with hot wings, fries, mozzarella sticks, and cold brew. You, on the other hand are munching on apple slices, preparing to sweat for the next hour, alone. You are making choices that are going to lead to a healthier, happier, more productive life. But, in the meantime, Resistance will try and talk you out of it.
Resistance will tell you that you’re not that fat after all. Plus, you’ll have to buy new clothes if you get thinner. Plus, a few fatty snacks won’t affect your blood work that much anyway, despite what your doctor says. Plus, there’s no place to park at the gym and you’re tired. And, plus, there’s always tomorrow.
Resistance is a Master. If you want to do anything worthwhile – not just weight loss, but anything – you have to be a Super Jedi Master. Resistance is a bully; he will back off if you stand up to him. Have your counterarguments ready:
- Yes, I am fat. That’s why nothing fits.
- Yes, I will need to buy clothes that fit, but that’s a privilege, not a burden.
- Yes, a few fatty snacks will, too, affect my blood work. That’s how I got here.
- Yes, I’m tired, but once I’m done at the gym I will have more energy, not less. And a parking space will open up in a few minutes
- Yes, there’s always tomorrow, but there’s also TODAY. Get on with it!
As long as you realize that Resistance is simply an empty voice, you will develop strategies to put him in his place. You are bigger and stronger than he is. You can do this. Don’t quit. Don’t give up.
Peace and love,