Are You Struggling With Resistance?

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.

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.

  1. 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. 
  2. 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.
  3. 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,

Randy

How do you deal with the resistance?

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Mike "Coach" Brown

6 years ago

Randy, I read two related posts this morning so I guess God is emphasizing this subject. Thanks! As I consider the encouragement I would add two thoughts: (1) never forget why you began the journey; (2) never take your eyes off of the destination. In between there will be a lot of self-inflicted distractions and detours to challenge us, but our inspiration and motivation will be restored with a reminder of why we began and the destination we have committed to reach. God bless on your journey too!

Randy

6 years ago

Great thought, Coach. I always try to start with WHY. Thanks for the reminder!!!

Jason

6 years ago

Randy,
Thanks for the GREAT post. There are times when I look at a project and feel overwhelmed. I think there is simply no way I can do this. But I force myself to start. Once started I break down the project into manageable parts. The next thing I know the project is finished and it wasn’t so hard after all. (Now if I could only get Aaron to finish his write up for his Eagle Project…
Thanks and God bless
Ja

Randy

6 years ago

The first step is often the most important, Jason. Thanks!

Susan

6 years ago

First, I love A Million Mile in a Thousand a Years – LOVE.
I really believe what sets apart people who seem to have everything “go their way” as opposed to others are those who press through resistance. I will never forget a behind the scenes session I attended with Louie giglio when someone asked what was the secret behind the success of passion conferences. Louie’s answer : we do a lot of tedious work long after the normal day job hours are done to make things happen. That’s always stuck with me.
Coffee also helps.

Randy

6 years ago

Amen on the coffee. Great comment!

Laura

6 years ago

Great blog! I needed that.

Randy

6 years ago

Thanks!

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