Resistance Fuels Persistence


It is common in any situation that we perceive as bad, wrong, sub-optimal, or less than desirable to label it as such.  But when we do not accept “what is” be it an emotion or situation, it is not the emotion or situation that is causing the discomfort but more likely our resistance to it. What you resist persists and resistance fuels persistence.

When you resist a situation or set of circumstances you are giving power and attention to that and therefore only inviting more of the same. If you factor in the Law of Attraction which states that “like attracts like” by resisting what is, we attract more of the same to ourselves. What you resist persists because focusing on what you don’t want only attracts more of it.

Don’t judge a situation one way or the other but instead just acknowledge that it just “is.”

In the same vein, another form of resistance is avoidance. Especially if what is avoided is avoided out of fear and we habitually refuse to face that fear. Sometimes these things we greatly fear and refuse to face are actually a part of a life lesson required to be mastered in order to grow to the next level or to move on.

Out of habit we will push it away and push it away until the time which we can not longer expend the energy to do so. The more we push something away, the more power it gains. As it is usually something inescapable, eventually it will be experienced, and the longer that it is put off only ensures how much more trying and challenging it will finally be once we choose to deal with it. Learning how to face the things we fear head-on is a wonderful habit to develop and master which will serve you all throughout life.

To sum it up by quoting Pema Chodron, “Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.”

Andy Wooten M.A. Counseling – Certified Life Coach – Aspen, Colorado

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