Last week, we closed our first part of this blog with the question…
How do we break through our resistance to change?
We need to train our brain “muscle”, just like we train our physical muscles.
The willingness to feel resistance is essential to breaking our patterns of thinking, so we can grow and evolve, and cope with change. It’s the same willingness that needs to be there to strengthen our physical body.
Resistance shows up right when we are at the edge of growth. We begin by being to be able to notice how resistance shows up in our minds. Resistant signals come into our minds via our whole-system, so to act greater than and overcome our thinking requires us to pay close attention to ourselves.
We do this by going to the gym in our minds. Setting up our thinking and then practicing the pushing out of those resistant thoughts, just as we would train any muscle in our body. New neural pathways are formed by pushing out our resistant thoughts, and installing new thinking with planned success strategies and focusing in on them instead.
Like any muscle being exercised, the action of consistently pushing the thoughts away and refocusing our mind on what we want is what shapes and changes our brain structure. The result is new neural patterns of thinking that form new habits, actions and behaviours. The weight of resistance can feel heavy at first. We start out with light weights as we would in a normal gym, and slowly build and practice strengthening our brain muscle.
We have evolved our brain through the ages by overcoming challenges. We can start by setting challenges, that make small changes, then gradually stepping up the weight of the challenge. When we wire in new patterns, the pathways in our mind condition like muscles. Practicing values like persistence and grit for example and having self- belief help us build our solid foundation to bounce back off.
Coaching works as a valuable support in setting out where to start, an action plan to fit you best and in building supporting strategies that keep you going to the mind gym.
We know our brains need resistance as an essential development tool to keep evolving and growing our perceptions and self- image and expanding our levels of thinking and awareness.
We as humans are inherently born to evolve and grow. Resistance training both physically and mentally is going to be on-going fitness practices, and we need to embrace them and make it part of our daily routines.
To feel resistance reminds us we are alive and have to strive to grow.
Be grateful for feeling Resistance!
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