Defying Resistance: A Roadmap for Entrepreneurial Growth and Resilience

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Embarking on the entrepreneurial journey can feel both exhilarating and daunting. We set out with grand visions, fueled by passion and determination, only to encounter resistance at every turn. It’s a harsh reality that growth and success rarely come easy. But what if we reframed our perspective on resistance? What if, instead of viewing it as an obstacle, we embraced it as a signpost pointing us toward our next level of evolution?

In this illuminating conversation with holistic life and leadership coach Carmen Ohling, we delve into the art of cultivating resilience and harnessing the power of resistance to propel us forward. Through her personal experiences and profound insights, Carmen offers a fresh perspective on navigating the inevitable challenges that arise on the entrepreneurial path.

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Redefining Resistance: An Opportunity for Growth

As Carmen eloquently states, “Each new level of personal or professional growth you get to, you’re always going to be met with resistance. It’s part of being human.” Rather than perceiving resistance as a roadblock, she invites us to view it as a natural part of the growth process – a sign that we’re pushing beyond our comfort zones and reaching for new heights.

The Allure of Comfort and the Busy Work Trap

One of the primary reasons we often find ourselves mired in busy work, rather than taking meaningful action, is our innate human desire for comfort and familiarity. As Carmen explains, “We’re doing the busy work because it’s checking something off the list. We’re getting that dopamine hit. We’re catering to the comfort of doing something versus pushing into the resistance of doing the challenging thing that’s going to take us to the next level.”

Recognizing this tendency is the first step toward breaking free from the cycle of busyness and embracing the discomfort that precedes true growth.

Starting Before You’re Ready

Carmen’s mantra, “Start before you’re ready,” encapsulates the essence of resilience and the willingness to take action despite the presence of resistance. Through her own journey, she illustrates how even when we contract or scale back our initial vision, the act of taking that first step builds confidence and expands our capacity for the next, bolder move.

Reverse Engineering Your Dreams

Rather than becoming overwhelmed by the magnitude of our dreams and visions, Carmen advises us to “reverse engineer” our goals. Start by identifying the next achievable step, no matter how small, that will bring you closer to your desired outcome. As she shares, “We all have big dreams and we all have big visions, but the thing that stops us the most is thinking about that big dream and big vision and how are we going to get there.”

By focusing on the immediate, actionable step, we not only build momentum but also cultivate the resilience required to navigate the inevitable resistance that will arise along the way.

Recognizing and Addressing Resistance

Resistance can manifest in various forms, from excessive worry and overthinking to physical symptoms like digestive issues or constriction in the body. Carmen emphasizes the importance of recognizing these signs and implementing “pattern interrupts” – simple practices that shift our energy and bring us back into alignment.

Caring for Your Nervous System

At the core of addressing resistance lies the essential practice of caring for our nervous systems. As Carmen wisely notes, “If our nervous system is constantly in fight or flight, or we’re in that busy, productive go, go, go energy, it literally keeps us from building the big, audacious, unrealistic goals and visions that we have.”

By incorporating simple practices like shaking, deep breathing, or grounding exercises, we can regulate our nervous systems and create the internal space necessary for making empowered decisions and taking aligned actions.

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