Resistance

The common enemy to both motivation and momentum is Resistance.  I write Resistance with a capital 'R' because it is like another person that we live with.  It acts up and throws a fit at predictable and unpredictable times.  It screams and cries and doesn't tell you why.  It shows up, uninvited and unannounced and stops the party.  Resistance is rude.

Resistance is also sneaky.

Resistance likes to hide behind fear and vulnerability.  It likes to blame things on being unprepared, undereducated, and the dog.  Resistance keeps you home on a Friday night and keeps you from your work.

In order to beat Resistance, you have to identify it.

When you're faced with a situation that makes you feel anxious or torn over, take a minute to get quiet and ask yourself, "What am I resisting?" If an answer doesn't come to your mind quickly, then you need to get out a pen and a piece of paper (sorry, I know I do this to you a lot).

Write down "What am I resisting?".

Then start listing things.  Sometimes it's easiest to start with the basics: I'm tired.  I'm scared.  I'm hungry.  I don't know anyone there.  I've never done it before.  Get out all the valid and lame factors that are contributing to your Resistance.  

Simply identifying these factors begins to take away the power of your Resistance.  

With your factors listed out, face them.  Was Resistance doing you a favor or was it holding you back?  With everything in the light, you have all the power.  You get to decide.  

Take that, Resistance.