Slaying The Beast

“Obstacles are things we see when we take our eyes off our goals.”

– Zig Ziglar (Week 1 / Day 5)

For most of my life I’ve seen obstacles of mainly my own creation. When I was young in school I didn’t have the right clothes. How would I be cool without them? In sports I needed these shoes.  When I was looking for a job at the end of college, I thought about how I didn’t have the right connections.

My life has been a period of rolling waves of obstacles and emotions. It’s the ebb and flow of life.  In one of my favorite audiobook, Jim Rohn’s, The Art of Exceptional Living, talk about how we need to change our philosophy.  You can’t change a lot of the circumstances around you.  When I was younger, I’d complain about politics, gas prices, or generally how life is unfair, until I realized that you can’t change this stuff, and I should only work on the things I could change.  The Jim Rohn quote at the top of this post sums up his philosophy, “Don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better.”  

There were periods in my life, when I wished I had done something else. If only I would have done this or that, my life would be immensely better, and maybe this would have been true but I couldn’t change it.  It’s important to learn how to deal with these emotions. The Resistance, will never go away. There will always be the battle, a battle warring inside of you. We’ve been fighting this battle all our lives. If you look at the regularity of my blog posts, beyond this week, then you’ll notice my battle. For the past three years, I’ve been trying to publish a blog post everyday.  I’ve had periods of success when I was defeating the Resistance and their have also been longer period where I’ve lost that battle.

Resistance is the obstacles in our life and it comes in all forms. It can be the simple cop out, “I’ll do it tomorrow.” How many times have you told yourself this lie, only to find yourself a day, a week, or even a month later and you’ve accomplished nothing. It’s happened to me more times then I’d like to admit. Resistance has made a fool of me. I’ve been beaten down, submitted, and humiliated, but everyday I try to fight again.

That is the hidden beauty of this battle. It’s that you can start fighting the Resistance today. You can start now and you can win.  Everyday I wake up on time, write, and publish a blog post, I’ve won. I’ve danced in the darkness and come out the other side. 

What resistance are you fighting?

Got it?

Now, go slay the beast!

* The photo at the top of this blog post is from daimanuel.com