Walls of Resistance

“Your success is on the other side of the wall.
Can’t jump over it, or go around it.
You know what to do.”
—The Rock

Where does your success lie?

Through the wall.

Where do your dreams reside? Where is the life you’ve always wanted? Where is the proof that you’re getting somewhere, that your hard work actually has results?

It’s right through this wall. This wall that you’re facing, nose against it, right now.

I downloaded the Rock Clock awhile ago—a cool alarm clock that lets you wake up to the soothing voice of The Rock, as well as delivering motivational messages to you first thing in the morning. Although I’ve stopped using it for now, this particular quote stuck with me. Your success lies on the other side of this wall, and you have to go through it.

What does this look like functionally, on a day-to-day basis? Say you wake up early, five minutes before your alarm goes off. Reason tells you just to get up and start getting ready, but the voice in the back of your head starts bitching and moaning, looking for ways to languish in the sleepy haze of the morning. It offers seductive alternatives. “I don’t need to shave today. . . that way I could sleep an extra fifteen minutes. I could eat a faster breakfast, which would give me more time. . . .” There’s the wall—those things that you really don’t wanna do, if you can help it; those things you always could do, but it would be really hard; the things that you instinctively shy away from because they are uncomfortable and difficult. There’s your wall, the wall of resistance—and you must break through it.

This way of framing things has been especially helpful for me because it feels so literal; the wall is palpable, a transparent curtain hanging right in front of your face. It is that lurching, heavy feeling right before you drag yourself to your feet each morning. So what do you do? You go through it. Step through it. Break through it, smash through it, drill a hole in it and blast it with dynamite, depending on how big it is. Usually such drastic measures aren’t necessary. We build these barriers for ourselves, which guide our behavior on a daily basis—turn here, look there—and we abide by our craftsmanship, but often these walls are flimsy, paper thin, even two-dimensional, like that old Windows screensaver with the maze.

You’re better than that maze.

Go through it. Usually it’s a dull pain, if there’s any pain at all. And keep going through with it. Know that when something comes up that seems like a real hassle, or something that kind of scares you, or something you just don’t wanna do (but know you ought to), that’s just another wall, and you are good at dealing with those things now. 🙂

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