The Resistance is Real

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The Resistance is Real

If you’ve read Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art, you’ll recognize some of these themes.

When I decided to leave the music industry, I expected life to get easier. I was ready to convert my wasted hours on the road into fruitful hours in an office. I thought that I could start my own business, let everyone know about it, lean back and coast from there.

Needless to say, I was wrong.

I would spend the next 6 months working two full-time jobs and reaching out to every last person in my phone book. It was humbling and it was difficult, but it was necessary. This was the resistance that stood between the life I had and the life I wanted to have.

Odds are you’ve experienced or are experiencing it too:

  • The entrepreneur has to endure the grueling effort of creating and building a business from nothing.
  • The office innovator has to endure legions of organizational opposition in the pursuit of improving his or her work environment.
  • The career changer has the difficult task of discarding years of hard work and experience for a higher calling and increased fulfillment.
  • The recovering addict is actively tormented by their struggle to shed addiction to sex, drugs, alcohol, and so on.
  • The aspiring artist lives in pursuit of their creative ideals to the detriment of their personal, financial, and emotional health.
  • The new believer is faced with the constant battle between the struggles of her old life and the implications of her new faith.
  • The church planter is at battle against spiritual opposition, community rejection, organizational concerns, and a slew of other obstacles.
  • The non-profit founder is tasked with the weighty responsibility of creating an organization that changes the world for the better.

Don’t Deny It

The worst thing we could do is to deny this resistance. Sometimes, we live under the false assumption that if something is hard, then its probably not what we’re meant to be doing. Unfortunately, that is the very lie that causes us to quit as soon as the going gets tough.

Resistance only shows up when we’re doing the stuff that actually matters; when we’re overcoming problems, creating solutions, and serving others. When we’re following a calling, things can and will get very difficult. This is the resistance at work.

The elements of resistance are very real;
not to be ignored or avoided, but overcome.

Over the next few weeks, I’m going to spend a lot of time writing about what resistance is, what it isn’t, and what we can do to learn from and overcome it.

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19 Responses to The Resistance is Real

  1. Grady Brown March 7, 2011 at 3:29 pm #

    It seems that half of folks interpret resistance as an indication that whatever is being resisted should not have been attempted to begin with. The other half attribute resistance to “the enemy” or “Satan.” A tiny minority embrace resistance, not as a problem, but as a challenge and these are the ones who envied by the others and who wonder, “What have they got that I don’t.” But it’s not ability, education, wealth, or any of the other things some think are necessary for success. It’s simply the right attitude. Great post! I’m looking forward to the rest fo the series.

    • Kenny Silva March 7, 2011 at 3:41 pm #

      Thanks, Grady. Attitude is a key component to overcoming resistance. Although I do believe in our real spiritual enemy, he is not always to blame for the resistance we encounter when taking on a new endeavor. We are constantly at battle with ourselves, our own attitudes, and the attitudes of those around us. It’s up to us to recognize that battle and deal with it accordingly.

      Thank you for reading and commenting.

  2. Elena Patrice March 7, 2011 at 3:59 pm #

    This is a good, worthy post Mr. Silva – thank you. I think the key word in all of it is “humbling” and you build up from there. Your experience after leaving the music industry and thinking it would be so different almost makes me laugh because it hits so close to home. This could be a very deep discussion on both a work and spiritual level. For me it’s a combination of humilty on the spiritual and effort, great effort, on the entreprenereual level.

    I look forward you expanding on this. It’s nice to visit a blog with a great sense of wholeness, especially in the business world – I commend you for this.

    With kindness, Elena

    • Kenny Silva March 7, 2011 at 4:55 pm #

      Thank you so much for stopping by, Elena. Humility is the best place to come from when approaching this. It’s a bit prideful to think that you can just step out and conquer the world because you decided to. Being humble means accepting the idea that its going to take some work to get where you’re going.

      Thank you for the kind words, Elena. I look forward to having you back. 🙂

  3. Govchal March 7, 2011 at 7:10 pm #


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  5. @kylereed June 17, 2011 at 2:51 pm #

    Glad you are sharing this because it is real and it is right in front of us everyday. 

  6. Illya Antonenko August 2, 2011 at 4:55 pm #

    Kenny, I like your blog. It’s down to earth and tackles the burning issues of our human days. Thanks for sharing about your struggles again resistance. I have to deal with it daily, too. My biggest passion is to make best possible Christian materials for Kindle, but there is always so many hostile forces at work, starting from simply human laziness to he need to provide daily for a family of five. I give glory to God who is faithful to complete His good work in us (Philip.1:6), for He makes us able to accomplish what He calls us to do. Keep up good work, brother, and may God bless you abundantly!

  7. Krissi September 24, 2011 at 10:54 pm #

    Thanks for the reminders, I look forward to hearing more of your thoughts on resistance. It’s a force I have ignored at times, but must be reckoned with…

  8. MeBPlanner September 25, 2011 at 3:29 am #

    And, once again, you’ve hit the nail of exactly what I’m going through on the head again! 🙂  Thanks for being obedient…I look forward to reading on…


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