May 19, 2011

5 Hints on How to Overcome Resistance and Get Things Done

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All people have encountered resistance and do so every single day. It shows up out of nowhere and it's always more powerful than expected. It can come from inside you or from a different person, but one thing matters in the end: how much and in what way do you let it affect you or even change your mind about an important goal.
In his book, "Do the work", Steven Pressfield says: "On the field of the Self stand a knight and a dragon. You are the knight. Resistance is the dragon." In order to win this fight you have to have a few important things in mind:

1. Start doing what comes naturally to reaching your goals without doing too much prior research. Start putting ideas on paper without criticizing your ideas. The ancient Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu said "A journey of a thousand miles starts with one step." We tend to get lost in preparing ourselves for the action. This can become addictive and ineffective because we feel like we're getting somewhere when we're actually just gathering knowledge.

2. Persevere - Perseverance beats resistance. When it's about overcoming another person's resistance to your proposal, idea or plan sometimes you have to wage war with him (in a professional and diplomatic way of-course). Don't give up when things get hard. Every successful artist, businessman and athlete have at least one thing in common: giving up is not an option.

3. Don't let other people tell you what you can and can't do. History has proven that as time passes things that used to be impossible become possible to those who believe in and fight for their goals.

4. See the opportunities even if they're disguised as failures. Be flexible and ask yourself "How can I use this to my advantage?"

5. Never act and reflect at the same time. When you do something concentrate on that moment only and give it your best. Afterwards you can see what went wrong and what was the way you wanted it, but criticism and improvement is best done after the process of creation is over.

There are many ways to fight resistance. It's important to know that it will always try to stop us from doing anything that really matters.
I'm interested in knowing how you are dealing with it so please share any thoughts on this subject.

About The Author: Mark

My name is Mircea Cretu. I go by many names, but here, for english sake I'll be Mark.

I am the Co-Founder of Goldfish Company which is dealing with outsourcing services for managers and freelancers all over the world. I'm interested in acquiring marketing, sales and management knowledge and skills. I am a constant reader and student on many subjects. I knew that once school was over it was time for me to start learning, so here I am.

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