What to Do When the Resistance Gets Physical

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When The Resistance Gets PhysicalIt’s 3 PM and I’m staring at my to-do list. There are 2 phone calls on there that I really don’t want to make.

Confession. I’m terrified of the phone…
says the REALTOR.

One call is to a potential client who I don’t know too well and may not want to hear from me. The other is to set an appointment to go list a home in an area I’m not comfortable with just yet.

  • I’m feeling a little unsettled, so I put on some music.
  • I’m feeling a little sleepy, so I go and grab a cup of coffee.
  • I’m feeling a little hungry, so I pick up a candy bar.

Eventually, I force myself make the phone calls, but waste tons of time getting there. That’s one of my struggles. Not every day, but some. Your struggle probably looks a little different.

Can You Relate?

Maybe you’ve got a huge exam tomorrow. You need to study, but you’re feeling a little stressed. So, you put off studying and reach for a bag of Doritos and some Hulu.

Perhaps you have a team member who you need to let go. It could be the first time you’ve ever fired someone. But, you just couldn’t make it to the office. You’re sick in bed.

Maybe you need to go home and intentionally pursue a better marriage. Your tense as can be, so you stop by the bar for happy hour instead. You know. Just to loosen up.

What Are We Doing?

We know what we need to do in order to grow. The resistance, however, is thoroughly opposed to those things. It manifests itself physically. In this moment we have a choice. Do we self medicate, like I did with music, coffee, and candy bars?

Or, do we choose to overcome?

Just Do It

I was tickled pink when I heard pastor Pete Wilson relay this reminder yesterday:

“It is much easier to act yourself into a feeling
than to feel your way into an action.”

This may feel like a let down, and I’m sorry to disappoint, but you just have to get over that physical discomfort and do the work. The answer lies within the action. Any remedy short of simply overcoming the resistance is just another type of self-medication.

  • When you feel hungry, fast for the moment.
  • When you feel tired, get up and move.
  • When you feel anxious, pick up the phone.

Am I great at this? Nope, but I’m willing to bet you aren’t either, so lets work on it together.

This is the way to handle it when your resistance gets physical, but what do you do when the resistance becomes spiritual?

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