Embracing Resistance: A Journey to Self-Discovery and Growth

Resistance—it’s that invisible force that seems to hold us back from stepping into our greatness, from pursuing our dreams, from becoming the best version of ourselves. But here’s the thing: resistance is not our enemy; it’s our greatest teacher. It’s the signpost pointing us toward growth and transformation.

Steven Pressfield once said, “Resistance is always lying and always full of shit.” It’s that voice in our heads telling us we’re not good enough, not worthy enough, not capable enough. But here’s the truth: we are more than enough, just as we are.

So, what exactly is resistance? It’s that inner tug-of-war between where we are and where we want to be. It’s the fear of the unknown, the fear of failure, the fear of success. It’s that sneaky little voice telling us to play it safe, to stay in our comfort zone, to avoid rocking the boat.

But here’s the secret: resistance is not a sign that something is wrong; it’s a sign that something is right. It’s a sign that we’re on the verge of a breakthrough, that we’re pushing past our limits, that we’re stepping into our power.

So, how do we strengthen the muscles to face resistance head-on? How do we lean into the discomfort and embrace the challenges that come our way?

First and foremost, we must cultivate self-awareness. We must learn to recognize when resistance rears its ugly head and acknowledge it for what it is: a temporary obstacle on the path to growth.

Next, we must practice self-compassion. We must be gentle with ourselves and remember that it’s okay to feel scared, to feel uncertain, to feel resistant. But we must also remember that we are capable of overcoming any obstacle that stands in our way.  As Maya Angelou once said, “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”

And finally, we must learn to release resistance energetically. We can do this through practices like meditation, breathwork, and energy healing. By tuning into our bodies and connecting with our inner wisdom, we can release the stagnant energy that’s been holding us back and step into our power with confidence and grace.

So, I invite you to lean into the resistance, to embrace the challenges that come your way, and to trust in the wisdom of your own heart. on the other side of resistance lies the life of your dreams, waiting patiently for you to claim it.

10 tips to noticing and overcoming resistance

Cultivate Self-Awareness: Pay attention to your thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations. Notice when resistance shows up and what triggers it.

Practice Mindfulness: Take time each day to tune into the present moment. Notice any resistance that arises without judgment and gently bring your focus back to the present.

Journaling: Keep a journal to track your thoughts and feelings. Write down any instances of resistance and explore the underlying reasons behind them.

Set Clear Intentions: Clarify your goals and intentions. When you know what you’re working towards, it becomes easier to recognize and overcome resistance along the way.

Break it Down: Break your goals down into smaller, more manageable steps. Focus on taking small actions consistently, rather than trying to tackle everything at once.

Celebrate Progress: Celebrate your wins, no matter how small. Recognize and acknowledge the progress you’ve made, and use it as fuel to keep moving forward.

Seek Support: Reach out to friends, family, or a coach for support and accountability. Having someone to lean on can make facing resistance feel less daunting.

Practice Self-Compassion: Be kind to yourself when facing resistance. Remember that it’s natural to feel scared or uncertain, and treat yourself with the same kindness and understanding you would offer to a friend.

Visualize Success: Use visualization techniques to imagine yourself overcoming obstacles and achieving your goals. Visualizing success can help you build confidence and resilience in the face of resistance.

Take Inspired Action: Trust your intuition and take action when you feel inspired to do so. Even if it feels uncomfortable at first, taking the first step is often the hardest part. Trust that the universe has your back and is guiding you towards your highest good.

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