Resistance. (Not like weight training, just wait. It’ll make sense. Promise)
Remember at the end of last post, how I was amped and ready to fight for my healthy self again?
I still feel that way, but real actual life gets in the way, and I really want to talk about that.
After last week’s post went live, I had just a little panic attack because I was terrified that people were going to mock my journey, or just be vicious. I literally had nightmares the night before.
Anxiety is a charming companion. (*insert largest eyeroll in the history of all eyerolls*)
Then, I had a conversation about this with a friend, who actually gave me the book “The War of Art.” They pointed out that all that I was feeling, and my inner monologue was the work of Resistance.
*Cue me speed reading to understand what they were talking about*
In the book “The War of Art,” Steven Pressfield talks about Resistance and what it aims to do to every person with a goal. Destroy.
“Resistance’s goal is not to wound…Resistance aims to kill…When we fight it, we are in a war to the death” (Pressfield, 15)
Doesn’t that sound like the best villain in a generic super hero movie???
Maybe just my opinion, maybe no one is as dramatic as I am. It’s fine. I’m fine.
Think about the last time that something got in your way of something you wanted to accomplish, and you let it win. It happens, don’t feel bad. But you just became the example in this post. (JUST KIDDING. I promise to humiliate myself on this platform.)
Well, I want to talk about how to fight back.
After all, when is the last time a villain won in a generic super hero movie? I mean, they aren’t called generic super villain movies.
“Never forget: This very moment, we can change our lives. There never was a moment, and never will be, when we are without the power to alter our destiny. This second, we can turn the tables on Resistance.” (Pressfield, 22)
That’s what I’m doing. I’m trying to turn the tables on Resistance. IT’S NOT EASY. Resistance knows when you’re about to start fight back. The important thing is that you do the thing Resistance is trying to keep you from doing.
THAT IS WHEN. That is when resistance becomes weak. When you choose to do the thing that you need to do.
When you choose to go to the gym instead of re-watching The Office for the millionth time, when you choose to cook dinner instead of going out, when you choose to read a book instead of re-watching The Office for the billionth time, THAT is when you win a tiny battle in the lifelong war against Resistance.
The more you fight, the easier the fight gets.
So, I encourage you to punch your super villain in the face. (I’m talking about Resistance, not your co-worker.)
I promise, once you’ve read this, you’ll only be thinking of what fights Resistance has won. I can’t stop thinking about it.
Let that be your motivation. Think about that one time you let Resistance win. Don’t beat yourself up, but do use that as ammunition. You know, in the war we’ve been talking about.
Fight the fight that you don’t always feel like fighting. Do the thing.