Back in college, I came across a life-changing personal development concept. It made an immediate difference to my academic work – and it’s still something that helps me every day.
That concept was the idea of resistance, set out in Mark Forster’s book Get Everything Done and Still Have Time to Play. Resistance is that feeling you get when you think about a big project or a difficult task; you naturally want to put it off in favor of something easier.
Resistance crops up when:
You’ve got a book/article/newsletter to write
You need to completely rework your resume
You have to make a difficult phone call to a problem client
You know you should go for a jog … but it’s raining outside
…and in pretty much any situation when you’re facing something hard.