Resistance is a part of any journey. There will be times when you feel resistant to doing what makes you feel good. There will be times when you feel resistant to reducing how much sugar you eat.
What tends to happen when we feel resistance is that we panic. But the fact that you’re feeling resistant to doing something does not mean that there’s anything wrong with you, the program, or how you’re doing it.
It just means that a part of you doesn’t feel like it.
We all have a resistant part. Think of it as your inner rebel, the part of you that does not like being told what to do. This part of us is often a remnant from childhood and it resents all forms of authority – even authority that comes from ourselves.
In my experience, trying to shush or silence this part of us doesn’t work – it only makes the resistance stronger. By contrast, leaning into the resistance – listening to this part of us, validating it, and empathizing with how this part of us feels – is what softens it.
– from Emerge: Create a New Habit