The alarm clock goes off . It’s time to get out of bed. This is your
fi rst decision of the day. Will you get out of bed or hit the snooze
button? You press the snooze button and roll over.
What just happened? No big deal, right? Wrong. You just lost
the fi rst battle of the day. Resistance just kicked your butt. Resistance
has broken your will before you’ve even gotten out of bed.
You will most likely be its slave for the rest of the day.
I have been battling resistance my whole life. As we get a little
further into this book I think you will discover you have been too.
What is resistance? It’s that sluggish feeling of not wanting to do
something that you know is good for you, it’s the inclination to do
something that you unabashedly know is not good for you, and
it’s everything in between. It’s the desire and tendency to delay
something you should be doing right now.
Do you ever feel like you are your own worst enemy? Have you
ever thought you could accomplish great things if only you weren’t
so busy with so many little things? Do you struggle to make decisions
with confi dence? Are you tired of setting goals and not
accomplishing them? Do you procrastinate? Are you afraid to say
what you really think and feel? Then this book is for you.
If you’ve ever tried to accomplish anything worthwhile, then
you’ve been face-to-face with resistance. You may not have called
it by that name in the past, but I suspect you will in the future. It
helps to call it by its name. In every moment of every day, resistance
is there, waiting to pounce.
The hardest war to win is one you don’t
even realize you are fighting, and the
hardest enemy to defeat is the one you
don’t even know exists. Every day you are
at war with resistance.
Make no mistake, resistance is your enemy. It will not quietly go
away and leave you alone. You have to slay it like a dragon, and
you have to slay it anew each day.
How does resistance manifest? It wears a thousand masks,
many of which are so eff ective we don’t even recognize resistance
is behind them. Laziness, procrastination, fear, doubt, instant
gratifi cation, self-loathing, indecision, escapism, pride, self-deception,
friction, tension, and self-sabotage are just some of the
ways resistance manifests its ugly self in our lives and causes
us to settle for so much less than God has imagined for us. You
cannot become the-best-version-of-yourself unless you wake up
every morning ready to slay resistance. It stands between you
and the person God created you to be. Resistance stands between
you and happiness.
From Resisting Happiness
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