“What you resist persists”
– Carl Jung
The resistance and I go way back.
I have been very creative in finding ways to avoid and delay important work.
I have also been very creative in finding ways to identify and dismantle limiting beliefs and feelings so that I can move past the resistance and get things done.
Recently I noticed that I was avoiding doing some important work, then I noticed that I was avoiding working with the resistance and that got me thinking.
Our culture is full of references to working / fighting / overcoming the resistance to get to our goals. Books like (the excellent) “The War Of Art” by Stephen Pressfield talk about overcoming resistance, pushing through the things that get in our way to reach our goal.
We are encouraged to resist our resistance, to struggle with it and overcome it (even if that feels like wading through treacle).
Unfortunately, I’m rather more lazy than heroic, so my struggles have often been half hearted.
I realised that all the time I spent struggling with my resistance could be better spent doing the thing I was resisting. It dawned on me that struggling with my resistance was a large part of the resistance.
So how do (did) I struggle with my resistance?