Over the last month of so, I've had a lot of questions from clients and friends who are facing varying degrees of resistance in their small business start up, finances, and relationships. They have a strong desire for something, want something, very much, yet, something keeps holding them back.
In response to their seeking and searching for answers, I decided to do my own research into the cause of resistance with the hope of finding out what it is so I could offer them something tangible, something helpful along their journey. As with all things, their journey is my journey. The answers I discovered for them were answers I discovered for myself. Resistance or Fear: What's the Difference? is a practical and interesting read.
In addition, there are two other things I've read and heard, since then, that add value to the meaning of resistance.
The first is from Seth Godin. Long-time marketing guru and author of several popular books, Seth just recently released a new book, The Dip. The main question Seth addresses is how to know when to fold or when to persist when you reach roadblocks in your small business. I call these road blocks the walls of resistance we all experience in work, relationships, and finances. Story Waters and Lee Harris call them hiccups. I think what they have to say is valuable for the Accidental Pren-her™ to keep in mind,
When hiccups occur, whenever there is a big new thing being birthed, some problem usually occurs that can feel like a knock back. You’re so excited about what’s being created, then you question it, “oh, is it not what I thought?” These hiccups that come at the birth of something are just a kind of birthing pain. And what often happens is that the birthing pain actually leads to something even better.
Don’t get caught up in the hiccup. Don’t focus on it. Know that all is well. Sit back. Feel through it, and you will find your way through it to something better.
What are your thoughts on dips, roadblocks, resistance, and hiccups?
What have you found helpful on your way to birthing something new?
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