Henry Ford once said “When everything is going against you remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”
Incredibly, it’s the airplane’s own forward movement that creates the resistance for it to fly. I know this is obvious for anyone that’s flown, but it’s an amazing concept to think about.
The same principle applies to us as we make the effort to “fly”. Our effort will create resistance, positive and negative resistance. It’s this resistance that will cause us to grow and increase our personal development and happiness. (Note the “personal development” is hyperlinked to an article I wrote about the importance of not-quitting as it relates to our growth and happiness. I’d love to hear your comments.)
How do we create this positive resistance?
- Have laser-focused thoughts and actions on the priorities that will create the desired outcomes. No shortcuts here. It takes incredible effort to stay focused and eliminate distractions. It’s a daily effort.
- Sufficient effort and force on a minute by minute basis. Can you expect to achieve sufficient momentum by running for one minute and walking for 10? Not in my experience. We need enough momentum to create sufficient resistance to lift us off the ground. Otherwise, we taxi the runway and never get lift. Have you ever felt this? I have.
I said earlier that our effort will create both positive and negative resistance (by-products, if you will). Negative resistance will hit us from those who doubt we will do and achieve what we say we will. This can be our own family members, friends, and work acquaintances. Negative resistance can even come from our own brain which can be great at creating self-doubt because of our lack of money, perceived expertise, or maybe a history of struggling and little success.
But, to achieve greatness in any aspect of life…
We must move through this resistance (some call it turbulence) until we get what we want. We must see the outcome in our minds, surround ourselves with those who share similar values and even a belief in us, and focus all of our efforts on the priority and desired outcome until we achieve it. No matter the effort required, the time it may take, or the mocking we may hear, we must make sufficient forward-action to create resistance that can be painful but absolutely required.