Whenever we start anything in life, it’s hard not to see the big giant monster that this “thing” represents.
Whether it’s starting a creative project or a new business venture to beginning a new workout routine or a reading habit, whatever the endeavor — you’ve started a revolution. You have a desire for change and to build something new.
With any revolution in life, it’s met with resistance. The same resistance that author Steven Pressfield references.
Dreams. Visions. Ideas. These are all born within us, and if we want to get them out, they will face resistance.
As Pressfield wrote, “That’s why we feel so much Resistance. If it meant nothing to us, there’d be no Resistance.”
So as we start to go down this road, it feels so incredibly challenging to move forward. It feels like we are so far from success and achievement or accomplishment.
Isn’t that why we started?
We can’t see:
Progress. Success. Satisfaction. Momentum.
All these things that we believe we need aren’t present, not at this moment, at least.
We feel lost and as if we are drowning in quicksand.
You could make a list of successful people — throughout history — who believed in the vision behind their revolution but also had those same feelings of wandering and resistance.
Working through this is just part of the process. It’s what you signed up for — whether you realize it or not.
The person, or people, who created everything from wheels to cars to computers and everything in between — have met, encountered, and ultimately conquered this resistance.
What makes your goal any different?
The list of successful people who have conquered this is too long to list, and it doesn’t matter. It won’t change anything for you. Sure, it might give you some temporary hope or motivation — especially if you realized that these same people are not much different than you are.
These success stories started with the same resistance.
There is a powerful quote from one of the members of this list, Steve Jobs, “Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it… Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.”
As I said, you don’t need to see the names on this list. You already know who they are and what they accomplished.
What you need to know, understand, and accept is that the people who found success in life — reached their goal, made the change they were seeking, and accomplished their dreams — had to go through this first step, just as you will.
This resistance we encounter will hit all of us — no matter who we are — no matter how talented, smart, or skilled we are. It leaves nobody alone. It hits all who desire to find change and success.
It could be today, tomorrow, or sometime in the future the bell will ring, and it will be time to move forward with your dream, vision, or idea.
When this critical moment arrives, you will have two choices:
Face your enemy — resistance — and do the work.
Give into the resistance — whatever feeling is holding you back — and not do the work.
This battle will confront the entrepreneur who wants to start a company — the creative with an idea, and anybody who has something that they want to change in their life.
It’s not just hard. It’s painful.
But if you want to create that change within you, you have no choice, no other way through.
That dream, hope, desire, vision — whatever you call it — is relying on you to take this first step.
There is no short cut, hack, or password to get you beyond this first and most critical step — now what?
You have to show up and face your enemy. Now you know the enemy in front of you, it’s capabilities, and the extremes this enemy is willing to go — to keep you from your dreams. No longer, can you claim not to know.
When it gets too hard, you know it’s your enemy, pulling on that resistance to hold you back. Before maybe you could chalk it up as not meant to be, don’t have enough time, or any number of other excuses we use in life to hold us back.
But now you know even that was just resistance all along. Playing with you, jabbing you, and not wanted to allow your vision to breathe.
The games are over. You’ve identified the enemy, and it’s time to take it head-on, go through it, and conquer it — just like any other revolution in the history of the world.
It’s time to take that first step. There is change waiting on the other side of this, and it no longer looks like the giant monster it once did.
It looks beatable, vulnerable, and its time to take it on one step at a time — starting now.