Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Persistence or Resistance?
I've said many times over the years, that a lot of my success as a retailer for the past 35 years, is not due to any great business education, nor is it due to any financial backing, but was in fact, due to my persistence, my unwillingness to give up, to continue moving forward toward my goal no matter what was happening.
Back then, I had no clue that our thoughts create our reality or that there was such a thing as the Law of Attraction. I just kept taking action, and moving forward each day, being persistent. In fact, I would sometimes say that I was "too stubborn to quit".
Truth is, I have been quite proud of my persistence over the years.
When faced with a big challenge recently in my business, ( I am not going to tell the details, as I do not want to create more of that!), I was persistent.
Each day, when faced with the challenge of the situation, I persisted in using the processes that I use in coaching. I walked my talk.
I visualized the end result that I wanted. I scripted it as if it had happened the way I wanted it to. I found the better feeling thought. I felt it real. I played the "wouldn't it be nice if..." game. I called on the angels. I appreciated the good.
Each of these brought me some relief and assisted me in feeling better in the moment but on the 11th day of this challenge, the situation appeared to be unchanged.
As I paused to reflect on the past couple of weeks and the fact that nothing had changed, I suddenly had a huge "aha" moment.
Yes, I was being persistent. I was walking my talk. I was continuing to move forward toward my goal. I was taking action every day. But I was really in resistance. I was in resistance to the situation.
Carl Jung said, "Whatever you resist, persists."
I was doing all of the processes, not just to feel good, but to change the situation. I was being persistent but underneath all of that persistence was resistance. I was resisting.
The moment I realized my resistance, I felt myself instantly let go of it. Relief was instantaneous. I could feel the shift in my body and in my energy. I started laughing and suddenly felt inspired to just do something for the sheer fun of it as I finished getting dressed. I put on my favorite Christmas music and hummed along. Christmas music always makes me smile.
In less than an hour, the challenge I had been resisting was 90% resolved without my doing anything else.
I felt wonderful all day. I was in allowance, I was in the flow. I had my most profitable week in months. When I arrived home at the end of the day, a huge mound of tree limbs I had been wanting the city to haul away for over two months, was mysteriously gone.
So, the next time I find myself being persistent, I am going to stop and ask myself, am I persisting or resisting?
Love and Luck,
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