“The enemy is a very good teacher”
The Dalai Lama
Most of us have two lives. The life we live and the un-lived life within us. Between the two stands Resistance. Late at night have you experienced a vision of the person you might become, the work you could accomplish, the realised being you were meant to be? Are you a writer who doesn’t write, a student who doesn’t study, an entrepreneur who never starts a venture? Then you know what Resistance is.
How many of us have become drunks and drug addicts, developed sugar fuelled diets, succumbed to pain killers, gossip and compulsive social media use, simply because we don’t do that thing that our hearts, our inner genius, is calling us to? Resistance defeats us.
You know, Hitler wanted to be an artist. At eighteen he took his inheritance, and moved to Vienna to live and study. He applied to the Academy of Fine Arts and later to the School of Architecture. Ever seen one of his paintings? Neither have I. Resistance beat him: it was easier for Hitler to start WWII than it was for him to face a blank square of canvas.
Right now a small voice is piping up, telling you as it has done ten thousand times before, the calling is yours and yours alone. You know it. Nobody has to tell you. You think Resistance isn’t real? Resistance will bury you.
If you read the quote at the beginning that was a clue. Overcoming Resistance requires us to know thy enemy. In particular, how it works, so we can be aware of when it’s planning an attack. Or has us held with a nine-millimetre jammed to our forehead.
Resistance is not out to get you personally. It doesn’t know who you are and doesn’t care. Resistance is a force of nature. It acts objectively. Though it feels malevolent, Resistance operates with indifference.
Like the magnetised needle of a compass, Resistance will indefinitely point to true North – meaning that calling or action that we must follow before all others. Rule of thumb: the more important the call or action is to our evolution, the more Resistance we will feel towards pursuing it.
We’re wrong if we think we’re the only ones struggling with Resistance. Everyone who has a body experiences Resistance.
Fuelled by Fear
Resistance has no strength of its own. Every ounce of juice it possesses comes from us. We feed it with power by our fear of it. Master the fear and we conquer Resistance.
Procrastination is the most common manifestation of Resistance because it’s the easiest to rationalise. We don’t tell ourselves “I’m never going to write my essay.” Instead we say, “I am going to write my essay; I’m just going to start tomorrow.” The most pernicious aspect of procrastination is that it can become a habit. We don’t just put off our lives today; we put them off till our deathbed.
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 turn the tables on Resistance.
This second, we can sit down and do our work.
It took me months to overcome the Resistance of starting Summi. In that time, I worked for a start-up, selected modules on entrepreneurship and got accepted onto an University programme for start-ups. I needed to know my enemy before I could do it. This book helped me find my own Resistance and battle it. It’s been a bloody war ever since.
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