3 Tips to Overcome Resistance to Change

CoachMel Lifestyle, Video 1 Comment

Change often brings resistance. In fact, I know all about this on a personal level.

For me, doing something that I haven’t done before can cause a huge amount of resistance within. It pretty much rises up from nowhere, and is very difficult to push away.

The classic example of this is recording these videos!

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The thought of placing myself in front of a camera and pressing ‘record’ fills me with complete and utter dread.

You will probably tell me that is crazy, since I’ve built my whole weight loss program around multimedia learning, but that’s the truth.

I must admit, it does get easier with practice, however I do still find myself resisting what feels so alien to me.

So, in todays’ video I’m going to talk a little more about overcoming resistance to change.

Feeling nervous about change or something that’s very different in your life, is usually a good thing, because it means you’re getting outside of your comfort zone, and when you do that good things start to happen.

In terms of your health and fitness, your body doesn’t always like change either, and so when you start to do something new, you’ll notice that resistance very quickly.

However, this is completely normal.

It’s all part of the process, you just need to embrace it and realize what you’re about to do something really great, and not let it hold you back.

Here are 3 things you need to do when you start to notice resistance to change

1. Think of the benefits

One of the best ways to embrace change is to think about the benefits of doing what you’re about to do.

If we think about exercise as an example, you might be very resistant to the thought of early morning workouts or high intensity sprints, or whatever it is you are endeavoring to do.

But, what you need to do is focus on the benefits of that exercise — how much better you’re going to feel, how much better you’re going to look, that feel-good factor after you’ve completed your workout.

Just make that your focus, and don’t allow any of that negativity of how much you don’t like exercise to creep in.

Always keep your mind on the benefits, and that is going to help you overcome the resistance to change.

2. Think of the cost

If we take exercise as our example again, there is most definitely going to be a cost to you if you don’t exercise.

So, whether that comes now, or in the future, there is a cost of you not being physically active on a regular basis.

So, you need to think about what that cost to you is.

  • Do you want to stay the same as you are right now?
  • Do you want to continue to look as you do right now?
  • Do you want to be sick and poorly in the later years of your life?

That is the cost, or the pain, of not doing what you know you should be doing right now.

The truth is, most of us are more motivated by pain than we are by pleasure.

So, you need to focus on what the pain points of not doing what you know you need to do, and that will help you to push through and overcome the resistance to change, so that you can reach those goals you want to reach.

3. Have something at stake

This is about challenging yourself with something that is greater than you.

I’m thinking here about running a marathon, entering a body building competition, or signing up for a charity event.

These are the kind of events that really push people to get results.

They make a commitment publicly, they feel that level of commitment because people are watching them to see if they are successful, or if they fail.

So, whether you decide to join a charity event, or run a marathon, or simply go public with your results on a website or social media site, these are all things that will help you get your mind focused on what it is you’re trying to achieve, and that will push you closer to achieving your goals.

Remember, if you are experiencing resistance to change, that is usually a good thing, because it means you are growing as a person and you’re going to get stronger, fitter and healthier as a result.

Get Involved

As always, I’d love to hear from you. Have you experienced resistance to change in the past? How do you get over that resistance?

Let us know in the comments below.

Thank you so much for reading, watching and joining me in this journey 🙂

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Comments 1

  1. Cristina

    I feel you are right on target with your suggestions. It is very difficult to accept change and even more arduous to develop a new habit no matter how healthy or beneficial. Resistance to something different, something uncomfortable and unknown is very ingrained in the human mind. I suppose it’s fear of something new and also not wanting to work through that initial learning phase that can be so trying. It’s good to point out that we all go through that initial reaction.

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