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  • Writer's pictureaparna sinha

How to Stop Resisting and Start Living






Hey there, fellow adventurers in the journey of life! Today, I want to share something that might just revolutionize the way you approach challenges, dreams, and those pesky little things we call "procrastination."


Think back for a moment to a time when you felt alive, vibrant, and full of energy. What were you doing? Chances are, it wasn't lounging on the couch with a tub of ice cream (although, let's be honest, that does have its moments). No, it was probably a time when you were diving headfirst into something exciting, challenging yourself, learning, creating, or connecting with someone special.


We all know deep down that success and happiness come from seizing the opportunities life throws our way. Yet, more often than not, we find ourselves stuck in a quagmire of resistance. That little voice in our heads starts whispering doubts and excuses: "You're not ready," "You don't have time," "You'll probably fail anyway."

But here's the truth bomb: resistance is a big, fat liar. It feeds on our fears and insecurities, weaving a tangled web of excuses to keep us from reaching our full potential.


Take, for example, the story of a professor facing the daunting task of writing his first book. With pressure mounting from all sides, he found himself paralyzed by fear and self-doubt. Therapy sessions came and went, but it wasn't until one therapist bluntly told him, "Just start writing," that he finally broke free from his mental shackles.


That's the thing about procrastination – it thrives on inaction. But the moment we take that first step, no matter how small, everything changes. Suddenly, the impossible becomes possible, and the mountain we once saw as insurmountable begins to shrink before our eyes.


So how do we overcome this tendency to procrastinate? One strategy is the "unschedule" – a concept from Neil Fiore's book, The Now Habit. Instead of overwhelming ourselves with grand plans and to-do lists, we focus on just 30 minutes of unfocused work. It's amazing what a little momentum can do to kickstart our productivity and creativity.


But perhaps the most important thing is simply to start. Break down your goals into manageable tasks, and commit to tackling at least one each day, no matter how small. Whether it's going for a run, reaching out to a friend, or taking the first steps towards a new venture, action breeds momentum.


So, let's make a pact, shall we? Let's stop letting resistance hold us back from living our best lives. Let's embrace action, seize opportunities, and boldly venture into the unknown. Because in the end, it's not the excuses we make that define us, but the actions we take. And trust me, the view from the other side of fear is absolutely breathtaking.

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