Using outside resistance as a launchpad for progress

It’s not unusual for all new ideas, plans, and actions to encounter some measure of resistance from established systems and the people within them.
To some extent, it is inevitable that they must be tested against that which is already in place before they can be accepted.  This has been true of all great visionaries and leaders of the past, but is also equally true of ordinary ideas emerging into ordinary life experiences.

The vast majority of people change course at the first sign of this resistance, unable to cope with the discomfort of things not going exactly as envisioned.  It’s unfortunate, since within this temporary discomfort lies the potential for new and untapped opportunity, education, and growth.

This resistance can be a stimulant for vigilance and flexibility, if approached with creative intent and the anticipation of multiple error-corrections, likely need for contingencies, and the willingness to continuously extract new and relevant specialized knowledge from your experience.
Resistance can also be a signal impending growth and the need for timely adaptation.

SUBCONSCIOUS RESISTANCE

There is another type of resistance to speak of, and that is the subtle subconscious resistance of our own intuition.  Oftentimes, we do not even realize that what’s really happening is that we’re purposefully avoiding, resisting, or withholding effort or attention from a particular issue or goal.

This intuitive “distancing” is an indication of a misalignment from your original intention.

When we begin to place constraints and tie obligations to our actions by saying: “I set this goal for myself, I HAVE to do this and I’m going to FORCE myself even when it doesn’t feel natural”, that’s when we begin to stifle our creativity and erode the natural direction of our desires.  The fact is, sometimes you have to stick with it to make it happen.  Other times, however, it’s not that simple.  Why trap yourself in patters that no longer suit you?  There should be no reason to stay locked in arbitrary commitments.
“Arbitrary,” in this case, means unsupported by rationale or naturalness of direction, but rather resulting from a prior commitment – the original reasons for which may have already changed.

THE BOTTOM LINE

Don’t mistake subconscious resistance for laziness!
Commitment to a goal is good, but over commitment to a particular course of action can eliminate alternatives which may be better suited for you in light of recent experience, circumstantial change, or subsequent personal growth.  Remain open, be flexible, and most importantly – be willing to let go of old presuppositions about how things “ought to” be.  Often times the way we believe things “out to be” is illusory.  There are often no actual limitations on the possible outcomes aside from the ones which are self imposed.  Let the subtle pressure of outside resistance alert you to your edge of practice, and uncover the appropriate method of outgrowing it.

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~ by TheZov on July 31, 2009.

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