You’ve met it. It may have defeated you—maybe still defeating you. It is a constant companion of anyone who dares to run the courageous race—to pursue impact that positively impacts the important people in their life.
It does not discriminate—it hates all dreams and pursuit of meaningful impact. It doesn’t care about your talent, circumstances or condition. It is a force that stands between you and the starting line of the dream that stirs your heart. It is the blow that deals defeat and pushes you to curb when the finish line is in sight.
It is resistance—anything that leads you to invest your vital time, talent and resources in actions that are not directed towards your your most vital roles and greatest dreams and goals.
“Life is like a 10 speed bike, most of us have gears we never use.”
Charles Schultz was one of the most if not most successful cartoonist in history. His Peanuts comic strip is the most widely syndicated comic in history. For nearly 50 years, millions of people enjoyed fresh new Peanuts comic strips. Shultz’s wit and wisdom was genius. Shultz ran a great race—he cast a wide net of positive impact.
Resistance stood firmly in Charles Schultz’s path. Every comic this celebrated illustrator submitted to his high school newspaper and year book were rejected. Still dreaming of being an illustrator, he applied for a job with the Walt Disney Company—Charles was rejected again.
What a tragedy it would have been if Schultz had given in to the resistance. Schultz ultimately created 18,000 original Peanuts comic strips. Charles Schultz recognizing the power of resistance to rob people of their opportunity for impact used the Peanuts gang to share valuable wisdom.
In one particular comic strip, Charlie Brown and Linus are gazing into the horizon as they lean against a brick wall. Charlie Brown says, “Life is just too much for me. I’ve been confused from the day I was born. I think the whole trouble is that we’re thrown into life too fast. We’re really not prepared.” Linus looks over at Charlie Brown and replies, “What did you want? A chance to warm up first?”
What a tragedy it would be if you give into the resistance. No one has your unique position to positively impact the people you love, teams you lead and causes that stir your heart—no one!
“All too often people fail to focus their choices upon results and therefore their choices are ineffective. If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is a compromise.”
—Robert Fritz, “The Path of Least Resistance”
Here are three quick and easy ways you can push back on resistance. These tactics don’t require any special training—just a commitment to lean into your resistance.
Resistance rises when we feel overwhelmed. One of the biggest reason people do not achieve their goals is they are pursuing too many goals and do not keep the most important goals visible. The idea of focused visibility is to pick the one goal you would most like to achieve and focus on it. Write it down, post it on the mirror in your bathroom, tack it to your computer screen, or create a daily reminder to pop up in your phone.
Take the next best step. You can’t do everything, but you can always do something. Action is a powerful ignitor of motivation. The challenge for many of us is that we don’t have large blocks of dedicated time. So, we put off taking any action. Simplified action means creating action items that can be advanced in 15 minute to 90 minute windows of time. Break actions down until you have a list that represents simplified actions.
Assign a Deadline
What is scheduled gets done. Put dates not only on when you want to achieve the goal, but also on your simplified action items.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you did not do than by the ones you did.
The race of life is all about impact. Picking, running and breaking the tape in races that positively change lives. You have been created to fulfill a great purpose. No one has your unique place in history to positively impact the people you love, the teams you lead and the causes that stir your heart. No one!
Push back on the resistance—press on!