Many of us have hopes and dreams that we wish to achieve while we are here on earth. These dreams of ours, whether conceived in our childhood or developed in our later years, our birthed out of our passions in life. Sadly, many of our goals and dreams are never achieved because they fall victim to a common enemy…resistance.
The dictionary defines resistance as:
“The attempt to prevent something by action or argument.”
When reading this definition the word that stood out to me as the word: “Attempt.” This spoke volumes to me, but mainly it showed me is all that resistance is nothing more than an attempt to hinder the purpose and calling on your life. Secondly, it spoke to me that we ourselves our responsible for our failure when we refuse to press through the resistance and let it overtake us. If we are truly passionate about our dreams and aspirations then we must be willing to fight for them and strive forward no matter what we come up against. Below are some actions you can take to combat resistance.
1. Remember Why You Started
When you first set out on your journey towards you goals and dreams your energy and enthusiasm are most likely at an all time high. Your excitement helps to drive you forward with what seems to be un-ending motivation. However, this feeling may dwindle as you begin to run into barriers and roadblocks causing you to become frustrated. In these times of frustration it is important to remember why you began. I recommend making a short list of the main reasons why this dream or goal is important to you as well as why you should achieve it. This could be things such as:
- Who it will help
- How it will make your life easier
- What do you wish to accomplish
- What you may do once you achieve it
Keeping this list handy and in a place you can see it every day will help keep you focused on your mission. One tool I recommend is the Evernote app. This app allows you to keep the most updated version of your notes on your mobile phone, tablet or desktop… not to mention it’s FREE! This way you can always have your list with you for review. Remembering why you started can bring you back on the path if you begin to stray away.
2. Plot A Course
No one gets anywhere fast without having some idea of where they are going. A good place to begin is defining where you are at currently followed by defining where you want to be. This will help you to identify what steps you need to take in order to get from point A to point B. Having a trusty road map will help you keep your cool when you hit detours, potholes and other obstacles along the way. Having a well planned course will also help you avoid pitfalls and keep you from running into unnecessary resistance. Keep in mind, these plans are not set in stone, the more flexible you are the more fun you will have along the way.
“Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.” –Gloria Steinem
3. Work Diligently
Diligence is a characteristic that we should all focus on cultivating in every area of our lives, especially in our work place and most importantly, our family. Diligence is applying careful, consistent and persistent effort to the task at hand. This persistence, this effort, this focus is what will be your driving force when you face storms, as you focus on the task at hand you stop focusing on the worries, the shortcomings, the pain, the insecurity, and you solely focus on your goal and how to make it through to the next step bringing your closer to the finish line. Proverbs 13:4 says,
“A sluggard’s appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.”
The sluggard Solomon speaks of in this Proverb are the people who let resistance defeat them, keeping their lives of being filled with the true desires of their hearts. However, the hands of the people who continue to push through the resistance, no matter how difficult, no matter what the odds are, they will live purposeful lives filled with satisfaction.
So take a minute to ask yourself some questions:
- Have you let your dreams fall by the wayside because you were met with resistance?
- Did something come in the way of you and a purpose you feel you are called to fulfill?
- Have you settled for less because the world beat you up a bit?
If you answered yes to these questions than it may be time to get up, brush yourself off, and continue to walk foreward once again. Learn from the resistance and move foreward. My pastor, Steven Boyce of New Life, said a powerful word today,
“Anyone who is to do anything significant in life will face significant barriers which they will have to press through.”
Remember, resistance is only an attempt at keeping you from achieving much. The only way it wins is if you give up, don’t let that be the case.
Do you have the courage to press through?