Resistance is the Clue to our Greatness


What is resistance

Resistance is pushing against something, it is holding back and staying away from something. Resistance can keep us safe and helps us to watch out for danger, scammers and things that will leave us worse off. It has its place.

However, resistance shows up regularly where it isn’t wanted or needed.


When you feel resistance to something it is worth exploring that feeling and thoughts further to see what’s behind the veil. It is only in digging a little deeper that you find the gold that has been waiting all along to be discovered.


One of the ways I have experienced resistance is when I get a flash of idea and then the next thought in my mind is to dismiss it. I might rationalise it away saying it’s not that important, or talk myself out of it.


When we get ideas it is inspiration that comes from our superconscious mind and then our heavy new brain, the conscious thinking part, kicks in as if it knows best and we start thinking. Thinking can kill an idea dead in its tracks.


So many times I would get ideas, thoughts and inspirations and I would tell myself a lie.

I would say I’ll look at that later, but later never came.


I can be turning in bed and an idea I never had before would pop into my mind and I’d pretend that was such a great idea I’ll remember that when I wake in the morning. The morning would come and sometimes I’d remember I had an idea but either my enthusiasm was gone or the idea was gone. Vanished as if it never existed.


Ideas and inspiration don’t come at convenient times. The ideas come when we least expect them.


The idea for this post came to me just as I was about to drift off to sleep. Trust me I was tempted to just say blow it I’ll think about it tomorrow. But now I know better. I use my phone and take notes in a flurry to make sure I get all inspiration that comes to me at the one time. If I don’t I won’t be able to recreate the idea when I’m properly awake.


Hiding behind excuses

We have many legitimate excuses for not doing things and when you look at them more deeply they add up to resistance. However, we have very few criteria for when we will do things. If you have criteria that helps you to set up rules around making decisions you are on a winner.


I spoke about this recently when we tell ourselves that we don’t have time or money for something. In my experience if we truly want something excuses don’t stand in our way. The problem with this type of resistance is that it doesn’t have an end point. Time is finite we can’t go out and get more of it. We don’t get more time we simply reprioritise our time.