Have you ever set goals but found yourself repeatedly falling into patterns of resistance, procrastination, and self-sabotage? If that sounds familiar, this episode is for you. Today I’m diving into the concept of resistance and exploring why it’s not simply laziness or a lack of discipline that hinders our progress. By understanding the deeper reasons behind our resistance, we can unlock the key to overcoming obstacles and achieving our goals.
Resistance is an invisible force that holds us back from pursuing the things we truly desire. It manifests in various forms such as procrastination, avoidance, and self-sabotage. Often we give in to resistance because it provides us with instant gratification, falling into the trap of seeking immediate pleasure and comfort rather than investing in long-term rewards. However, when we delay gratification, we bridge the gap between where we are now and where we want to be. By doing the work now and investing in our goals, we can reap the benefits later.
In this episode, I discuss why resistance isn’t merely a lack of willpower or laziness. It stems from a lack of congruence between our conscious and subconscious minds. I share how the majority of our mind is the subconscious mind, which ultimately determines our actions and the importance of looking deeper into what motivations are driving our behaviour underneath.
Subconscious blocks, such as fear of change, fear of success, and feeling unworthy, prevent us from moving forward. Our subconscious mind craves routine and predictability, favouring the familiar over the unknown. Fear of change and success can lead us to resist pursuing our goals, as we anticipate potential negative consequences or uncover our own insecurities.
I also talk about the power of embracing gratitude and self-compassion over self-criticism and judgment to drive change. Celebrating the wins instead of fixating on the gap between where we are and where we want to be motivates us to continue moving forward. This self-acceptance and self-love create an environment where our subconscious mind feels safe and supported.
As I’ve said many times, yoga is so much more than just a physical practice. It helps regulate our nervous system, which plays a crucial role in overcoming resistance. By calming our nervous system, we enhance our capacity to deal with stress and maintain focus on our goals. Engaging in yoga and breathwork also cultivates a greater self-awareness, which helps to prevent us from falling into old patterns of self-sabotage.
Remember, change is possible when we address the root causes of resistance and create an environment where our subconscious mind feels safe to move forward.
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