I remember back when I was a child that I used to love watching airplanes. I grew up very close to JFK airport in New York which afforded me the opportunity to indulge in observing these colossal bird like beasts gracefully cutting through the sky on a daily basis. I would play in the school yard and hear one coming, and looking up, at times they seemed so close that you could almost rub their bellies.
I suppose you could say I was in awe of how magnificent this feat was. I’d also venture a guess that on a subconscious level, airplanes represented a sense of freedom to me.
Even though it might seem that I’m feeling nostalgic, that’s not the point of this. You see, as a child I had no idea how these things worked, as in, how did this metal contraption fly? The most interesting part for me was that airplanes took off into the wind. One would think that an airplane would fly with the wind to help it propel itself into the air and that’s not the case. But rather than get into the physics of it, let’s focus on how this can pertain to your success.
An airplane is able to both take off, and land more efficiently and effectively by using resistance. It allows the plane to take off faster, and it slows down the plane more quickly during the landing. Many of us have encountered resistance in our lives and careers. Maybe we shared an idea with someone and they shot it down, or we hit a stumbling block while developing a plan or launching a business, but always remember, opposition is often a part of the greatest opportunities.
What resistance in your life can ultimately help you?
Don’t react to resistance with discouragement or defeat, instead, look at in a non emotional manner and try to figure out how you can benefit from it. Take criticism at face value and evaluate if it has truth to it.
- What can you do to make the opportunity better?
- Can it be that you’re taking on too much by yourself and you need help?
- Rather than include others who might not embrace or desire the opportunity, would it be better if you did it alone or replaced them?
- Could any comments you’re hearing be warning signs of what might deter potential customers from utilizing your product or service?
- Is your business plan sound?
Whether you encounter resistance in your personal life or your professional life, see how you can use it to your advantage. Look for the opportunity in the problem, not the problem in the opportunity. Do not be deterred, but do not simply dismiss it, try to learn from it. This will allow you to grow and then you too can use resistance to take flight and land successfully.
Rock Star Life Coach & Sales Trainer