Overcoming Resistance – Ep. 11


In this week’s episode of “Inside the Mind“, we talk about Overcoming Resistance.

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Hey what’s up guys, welcome to Inside The Mind where we talk about Online Marketing Strategy, What it is, why it’s important, and why you should care.

In the last episode we talked about Lead Generation techniques, and this week we’re going to talk about my dear friend Resistance.

(resistance comes in, giggles, Tommy punches off screen)

I want to talk about this, because it’s something we all face, ESPECIALLY when you’re trying to level up your business.

Quite honestly the only thing that separates successful people from everyone else is the ability to overcome resistance, and meet their goals no matter what’s thrown at them.

But in order to beat Resistance, you must first recognize resistance in all of it’s forms and from what I’ve been able to tell, resistance comes in two forms.

(Resistance’s Face)
Internal and External

To me, Internal Resistance manifests itself through excuses we make for ourselves like “I’ll Do It Later” “I Don’t Have Time.” “It’s Too Hard.”

These are self imposed limitations that restrict our ability and allow us to remain complacent with our current reality. We tell ourselves these things to excuse ourselves from putting in the work we know we need to do to improve our situation.

If you find yourself making excuses, remember, an excuse is all that separates us from who we are and who we want to be.

Steven Pressfield, Author of The War of Art and The Resistance says this about Resistance-

(Insert Pressfield Clip)

If you want to read a great article on overcoming Internal resistance and get some really actionable advice to introduce better habits, follow this link.


The other type of Resistance is External Resistance which are all of the things that happen that you have absolutely no control over.

For us, it’s things like software crashes, plugins stop working, losing footage, lights breaking, and my favorite so far is destroying the microphone minutes before a shoot after taking 3 weeks to figure out how to get it working properly.

External Resistance is when the Universe Hates you and does everything it can to make you doubt yourself and want to give up.

But I have this theory, which is Resistance is always going to be it’s strongest whenever you’re on the cusp of doing something truly great.

When External Resistance rears its ugly head, you can’t let it overwhelm you. You need to push through and continue doing what you know is right.

I know that’s easier said than done, but over time you will develop a stronger tolerance to External Resistance.

It doesn’t ever go away, in fact, I think it only gets stronger, but the more you battle it, the stronger you become as well.

And think of it this way, in any story worth hearing, the main character has to overcome overwhelming, sometimes impossible obstacles in order to reach their goals.

You must adapt, improvise, never ever give up.

Alright, that’s all I’ve got for today’s episode of Inside The Mind, thanks so much for watching!

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Bharati Ahuja March 24, 2012 at 2:27 am

How true…Resistance is going to be the strongest when you are at the cusp of doing something truly great.

Just like the night is darkest just before dawn…

The main challenge sometimes is to remind yourself about this when you are about to give up…This video content I am sure will be of great help for people in such situations….


Bethany Lee January 16, 2013 at 10:18 pm

Well I just had some external resistance trying to leave this comment but I pressed on. I must be a professional commenter. Haha! Just kidding. Just wanted to say what a great show that was, Tommy. I am always impressed with your content. You never disappoint.


Tommy January 18, 2013 at 10:56 am

Thanks Bethany! I’m glad you enjoyed it :-)


karin May 8, 2013 at 9:05 pm

Ha! I tried to record a video response, but couldn’t make it go. Me so techy!

Here’s a common tip that actually is very effective if you USE it: take a tiny bite of the task. You can get yourself to sit down and open a new document. You can write a title, you can write a first draft, and so on, if you just get yourself started and remind yourself that you’ll be able to revise and polish later.

I like to use helpful phrases (mantras, but without any meditation involved). The repetition eventually is helpful. One of my favorites is “Gently, and without resistance, I [whatever the task is].” It seems to help to be gentle, not try using mental force, and to remind myself not to resist.

Good luck!


Laura Vermont August 21, 2013 at 2:21 am

Great topic! In my experience inner resistance is most pronounced when we’re trying to do something that takes us out of our comfort zone. I’ve found that reminding yourself of why you’re doing the thing you’re resisting is often all that’s needed to press on and get back into action :)


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