Writing this blog may be the end of me. I don’t want to do it. Truthfully, I don’t want to do much of anything today. I am struggling with resistance.
I’m tired and don’t feel like I have much to say. But I’m here, and quite sure the resistance I feel is an indicator that someone needs to read this.
Donald Miller would agree. In his book, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, he writes, “Every creative person, and I think probably every other person, faces resistance when they are trying to create something good … The harder the resistance, the more important the task must be.” I hope he is right.
Resistance is one of the chief enemies of a leader. So many great ideas, projects, and goals are never realized because we give in to the resistance and fail to even take the first step.
If you find yourself less than excited about some area of your leadership, I encourage you to take not one step, but three.
- Show up, even when you don’t feel like it. People tell me that showing up is half the battle. Maybe more like 90% if you ask me. All I know is you will never finish anything you don’t start. I also know that rarely do I feel like doing hard work.
- Incrementally stay the course. A bunch of little bits add up to a lot (the grammar may be bad, but the principle is powerful). I have written over 30,000 words this year. How did I do it? About 300 at a time. Have all my words been good? Unfortunately, no. Many of them have disappointed me and caused you to hit delete. But some of my words have added value to leaders – leaders who have tremendous influence. I have discovered I increase my chances of writing something interesting by writing more. The same is true for your work. The cumulative effect of your incremental efforts is making a bigger difference than you think. Stay the course.
- Finish what you start. Marathon medals aren’t given to those who run 25 miles and stop. They are given to those who cross the finish line. Perhaps the best feeling in the world is the feeling of being done with something. It is tragic to think of how many things are half completed, the joy of completion forfeited. While you will never finish anything you don’t start, you will also never finish anything you don’t finish. For every project, visualize the finish line and keep moving toward it until you are done.
I encourage you to resist the resistance. It will attack often, but you have what it takes to defeat it. I just did, and so can you.
Leadership Begins at Home,
How do you deal with the resistance?
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Randy is an author, speaker, executive coach, and the CEO of InteGREAT Leadership. He invests his time encouraging leaders around the world.