Fixing My To-Do List By Getting Rid Of Resistance
Some days the blog comes easily, other days it comes slowly. The thing I’m learning to do is keep at it and not turn it into a problem. The moment I turn anything into a problem (which is a form of resistance) then it stops being fun, and it has much less chance of getting done. And I’m also learning that the way I hold something in my mind is critically important.
In this way, blogs are similar to your work on your instrument as a musician. There are some days where it’s a joy to sit down and write or play. However, more often than not, it doesn’t feel like fun and it may even be the last thing I want to do at the time.
I’m learning that the key thing for me is how I hold the task in my mind. Once it becomes this ‘thing-I-have-to-do’, I’m much less likely to keep at it.
However, if I just make a small, subtle shift in how I think about it–say, changing it to ‘this thing I do’–it can make all the difference. In fact, holding it in my mind this way assures that the thing in question actually gets done.
And, when you look at it, I changed two words–the key phrase ‘have to’ is where all the resistance is held–but it made all the difference. And the reason it made all the difference is because I got rid of the resistiveness.
And then, the thing got done–this blog!
So I now have to ask myself, where else in my life am I being resistive? What part of my life can be improved by changing the way I hold the question in my mind? Very interesting…