You hit the starting line in your best ever shape. You feel good, the day has it’s usual ups and downs but you handle each little bump because you have some solid process goals in place to keep you on track and guide you towards your intended outcome.
But somewhere along the road and maybe many times throughout the day you’ll be faced with resistance.
What is this resistance?
It’s that little voice, the part of you that wants you to maintain the stays quo. It gives you ALL the reasons why you shouldn’t push the voice can be quiet rational at times telling you that you might ‘blow up’ if you push and that you may end up way off you goal and all the other crap – like you aren’t good enough etc etc.
You know what. As a coach I don’t recommend going out and pushing hard early in the day as you are likely to blow up and when we do this it’s just ego. By the way it’s the same voice telling you to push early when there is no fatigue. Yes – it’s a sneaky little bugger aiming to derail you and your goals.
Stephen Pressfield? who’s work “Going Pro” I mentioned in last weeks QnA has another great book called the War of Art (highly recommended) talks a lot about resistance.
Here’s an excerpt from the book
“Resistance is Insidious – Resistance will tell you anything to keep you from doing your work. It will perjure, fabricate, falsify; seduce, bully, cajole. Resistance is protean. It will assume any form, if that’s what it takes to deceive you. It will reason with you like a lawyer or jam a nine-millimeter in your face like a stickup man. Resistance has no conscience. It will pledge anything to get a deal, then double0cross you as soon as your back is turned. If you take Resistance at its word, you deserve everything you get. Resistance is always lying and is always full of shit.”
But when you have lofty goals, you need to go to war with this Resistance. It’s an everyday thing. It’s showing up and slowly but surely increasing your strangle hold over the Resistance you will face.
You do need to take risks.
Nothing worth attaining comes without significant risks and it takes courage to take the risks.
On the weekend one of my pro girls Celia Kuch from Germany faced Resistance and unfortunately it won. Now Celia had a faster swim, faster bike and faster run. She had a 13min faster time on the same course than last year (all other pro girls that raced went slower) but she still fell short.
In Celia’s words where I’m reprinting because it will not only help her it will help you too.
“Around kilometre 20 on the run my pace slowed – there was no Problem at all. No stomach issue, no cramp, nothing – I just had that barrier in my head, that did not allow me to go faster. Like a security thing to not cause too much damage. I told myself: “Celia – there is NO Reason now to not push yourself to keep up the pace” – but I could not do it. Just like I did not want to make it too uncomfortable. I think I am not believing in my body to endure that pain. Maybe I am too scared of blowing up?? Its like a safety thing going on in my head.”
This is the invisible, internal, insidious, implacable Resistance.
How do you beat it? You get to work. In training you learn to push when it counts. Yes it’s going to be uncomfortable – nothing can be done about that. And you have to understand that no matter how good your prep is and how awesome you are feeling on race day that there will be times of uncomfortableness.
It is here that you have to be bold to deal with the uncomfortableness of holding the pace. The pace you have trained diligently to be able to hold. No it won’t be easy but do you really want it to be? And guess what It doesn’t really last that long. It will all be over soon.
But can you guess where Resistance is at its greatest?
When the finish line is in sight!
Resistance know this and it know’s you may just beat it. As Pressfield says in The War of Art – it hits the panic button. It marshals one last assault and slams us with everything it’s got.
Be ready for this and have your counterattack planed.
And let me tell you, that nothing beats the satisfaction when you overcome the Resistance.
Kristian “lets all overcome Resistance” Manietta