Every so often its important to make sure we aren’t succumbing to resistance. If you haven’t been reading our articles consistently, there’s a chance that you may have missed some of my references to Steven Pressfield and his take on a force in our lives called resistance. Here is his definition.
Resistance - “An energy field radiating from a work-in-potential. It’s a repelling force. It’s negative. It’s aim is to shove us away, distract us, prevent us from doing our work.”
Unfortunately we are all victims to resistance from time to time, whether it be putting off a project that’s due at school to watch a game on tv, or skipping a workout because you have a bit of a sniffle. Whatever it may be, we are all good at coming up with what seems to be at the time, excellent excuses.
The blunt fact though is we are just putting off our work because it might be uncomfortable, tough, or challenging.
The good news is that resistance can be defeated. We can get to the gym, make our meals healthy, get to bed on time, and finish our work. Our potential as humans will most likely never see the day when we hit our full capability or limit, because that is self-imposed and resistance has made us “comfortable.” Here are a few questions, inspired from the photo above, to ask yourself from an athletic perspective, if resistance is creeping into your life without you even knowing…
Even though you got a sufficient amount of sleep, do you lay in bed for an extra hour because you think it’s still to early to get out of bed? Could this be preventing you from getting an amazing breakfast and a good amount of work accomplished? This is resistance.
Did you promise yourself to go for a run this morning, but it was 30 degrees outside and you deemed it too cold? This is resistance.
Did you dominate yesterdays leg lift, wake up sore today, and skip your training sessions until you feel recovered? This is resistance.
Were you up late last night talking to your girlfriend or boyfriend, sleep in till noon, therefore skipping an important meal? This is resistance.
We’ve all been there, but not all of us have realized that it’s crushing our potential. Everyone of us succumb to it from time to time, but we must to fight it back hard and get our shit done. Here are some inspiring videos and quotes taken from them that have helped us kill resistance. We hope that it will do the same for you.
“Respect is earned. Respect ain’t given to no damn body” RL
“We get one opportunity in life. One chance in life … to do whatever you’re gonna do. To lay your foundation. To make whatever mark you’re gonna make. To leave whatever legacy you’re gonna leave. Leave your legacy. And it’s found through effort. Wins and losses come a dime a dozen. But effort? Nobody can judge effort. Effort is between you and you. Effort aint got nothing to do with nobody else. So that team that think they ready to seen you? They think what they seen on film. They ain’t saw what film shows. Because every day is a new day. Every moment is a new moment. So now you got to go out and show them that you a different creature now than I was five minutes ago. CAUSE IM PISSED OFF FOR GREATNESS. Because if you ain’t pissed off for greatness, that means you’re OK with being mediocre. ” RL
“Listen to me: pain is temporary. It may last for a minute, or an hour, or a day, or even a year. But eventually it will subside, and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it will last forever.” Eric Thomas
“I’m not eating like I eat at home. That’s why you’re going to go to the next level, because if you ate like you ate at home, you’re going to remain a boy or a girl. Its time to become men and women.” Eric Thomas
“But I’m exactly where I want to be because I got to commit my entire being to this thing. I got to breath it, sleep it, eat it. Until you get there, you’ll never be successful in life. But once you get there, I guarantee you the world is yours. So work hard and you can have whatever it is that you want.” Eric Thomas
“Along the way you might fall down, . .. sometimes in life, you might fall down and can’t find the strength to get back up… do you think you have hope? Because I tell you, I’m down here and I have no arms and no legs, … It should be impossible for me to get up, but it’s not” Nick Vujicic
“I will try one hundred times to get up, and if I fail one hundred times. If I fail and I give up, will I ever get up? No! If I fail I’ll try again, and again and again. But I want to tell you it’s not the end.”
- Nick Vujicic
Inspiration is everywhere you look, as you can see from some of these awesome videos. At the end of the day though, its us that must rise out of bed with a fire burning inside. Its us that needs to make our mind up to be great.
Have you made up your mind yet to be awesome?