I’ve been told that you’re not supposed to share goals, because people can be amazingly discouraging about your own personal goals. That being said, I will tell you that I have a weight loss goal for 2015, and that I’m halfway to my goal.
And I’ve plateaued. For like a month.
The anxiety is settling in. The doubt is rising. The “I can’t do this” and “I’m doomed to fail” thoughts are surfacing again.
But this begs the question – why is it that when I experience a little resistance, it becomes so easy for me to assume that this is the wrong thing to do? How big of a deal would it be for someone to lose X pounds/kilograms if weight came off easily? The answer is, it wouldn’t be.
Resistance: The Conflict of a Story
If a character has to retrieve something or get somewhere or meet someone important, a story following this character along flat, grassy plains in 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit weather and a slight breeze and sunny but with the sun above their heads so that it’s not even shining into their eyes, with no enemies or bad storms or other characters arguing to convince them to stop, would very likely be a rather pointless story.
Sure, the character could go through some introspection, and of course I’m a firm believer that a writer can find conflict anywhere, but that’s just it! Already we’re searching for conflict to make it a more interesting story – maybe the journey itself is easy but the character is dealing with struggles in his or her mind – thus, showing that we sought resistance.
A story just isn’t interesting without resistance. Some mountain has to be climbed, no matter whether it’s physical, mental, emotional, relational, etc.
So When You Face Resistance – Congratulations! You Are In A Story of Importance!
That might sound kind of sarcastic, but the truth is that we’re all important minor characters in one big story of God. And every time we face resistance – whether it’s an antagonizing person, an unrelenting pain, stress, being overworked, or even the possibility of death – realize that it’s a conflict in the story. And you have the decision to overcome this resistance in Christ, or flounder through, maybe even give up your journey.
I know that fitness is important. So I’m going to continue eating less, eating (relatively) healthy, drinking more water, and doing cardio and strength training. While I hope that my (fat) weight goes down, the reality is that doing the right things doesn’t always lead to immediate results. Or, the results might come in other ways. (For those of you who are anti-scale, yes, I have started measuring so that I have a non-scale way of tracking my progress! It just wasn’t how I set my goal for this year.)
So when you face that resistance, when it gets tough, the hours are long, the days dreadful, that pain is too much, you’re exhausted beyond measure, you feel like your goal is beyond your reach, whatever it might be…rest easy that this is normal. Resistance and conflict are all a part of the story. Don’t doubt that you’re on the right trail just because the trail got difficult. In fact, it probably means you’re climbing the mountain and making progress. Keep at it! Keep climbing!