There are many times that I have wanted to take action, but I let the little voices in my head stop me. I make plans, set goals, promise myself that I’ll do better, but when it comes down to it, I find myself resisting. At times I’ve even felt guilty or ashamed of my lack of progress, which only compounded the problem. However, accepting my internal resistance actually became the key to making real progress towards my goals.
Internal resistance is the psychological force that holds us back from doing the things we know we should do. It’s that little voice inside our head that tells us we’re not ready, we’re not good enough, or we don’t have what it takes. It’s the feeling of anxiety, fear, or discomfort that comes up when we think about taking action towards our goals. And it’s the reason why so many of us struggle to make meaningful progress in our lives.
How to Take Action
Many of us try to ignore or suppress our internal resistance, hoping that it will just go away. But the truth is, it’s always going to be there in some form or another. Trying to fight against it only leads to more frustration and resistance. Accepting our internal resistance means acknowledging that it’s a natural and normal part of the process of change. It’s not a sign of weakness or failure. It’s just a signal that we’re stepping outside of our comfort zone and trying something new.
When we accept our internal resistance, we can start to work with it instead of against it. We can begin to understand why it’s there and what it’s trying to tell us. We can learn to recognize when it’s holding us back and when it’s actually trying to protect us from something. Most importantly, we can start to take action despite our resistance.
Instead of trying to tackle your biggest goal all at once, break it down into smaller, more manageable steps. This will help you build momentum and confidence, which can help to reduce your resistance over time.
Fear of failure is one of the biggest drivers of internal resistance. However, if we can learn to embrace failure as a natural part of the process, we can actually reduce our resistance and become more resilient.
Sometimes, we need a little help to overcome our internal resistance. This can come in the form of a coach, a mentor, or just a supportive group of family and friends. Having someone to encourage us and hold us accountable can make all the difference when it comes to goal achievement.
Accepting our internal resistance is the key to taking action towards our goals. By acknowledging and understanding why it’s there, we can learn to work with it instead of against it. By starting small, focusing on the process, embracing failure, and getting support, we can take action despite our resistance and make meaningful progress in our lives. So, the next time you feel that familiar sense of resistance creeping in, remember that it’s just a natural part of the process, and that you have the power to take action anyway. Feel welcome to join my community of goal achievers here where we support each other and have fun sharing ideas that help use achieve our goals.