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As our MidStrong project has started to gain momentum, it is always an inspiration to witness the enthusiasm of our new members!

They are excited about getting started, about starting out down a new path that will lead them toward something they’ve dreamt of for years. For some, the entire experience is new to them. It’s fresh. And they can’t help but to share their enthusiasm.

It’s just awesome!

But, it won’t last. Never does.
I’m sorry for my cynicism. But sadly, all that excitement and enthusiasm will inevitably wane.

Worse, something else will creep in to take its place… doubt, distraction, and discouragement. Count on it. It’s hard. Sticking with it is even harder.

We will have days and weeks when we’ll feel like crap. Our motivation and commitment will be consistently tested. We will let ourselves down. We’ll skip a workout, or maybe a couple, possibly more.

No worries. This happens to EVERYBODY. Even me.

An author who I respect and follow, Stephen Pressfield, calls it Resistance. He describes it as a kind of living maleficent force that is forever conspiring to obstruct, distract, and derail us. Kind of like the Dark Side from Star Wars. We need to remain vigilant against its eternal design to keep us in a state of anxiety, stagnation, and depression.

Whether you buy into Mr. Pressfield’s animated concept of dark forces or not, trust me, we will all face obstacles that make it hard to continue.

But, I believe those obstacles are actually there to strengthen us. Just like our muscles, our will grows stronger by overcoming resistance.

The Stoics have a mantra that is fitting… the obstacle is the way. The verbatim quote by the Stoic philosopher and emperor, Marcus Aurelius, goes like this:

The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way. 

The antidote to Resistance is simple. Action… any action.

       The impediment to action advances action. 

Just take one step forward toward whatever objective you seek. Sure, it will be hard and will demand much of your will power to take that step. But, the second step is easier, and the third even easier.

      What stands in the way becomes the way. 

Just keep putting one step in front of the other. Then you build momentum.

Momentum is the antipode to Resistance. Momentum is kind of like the good Force in Star Wars. With momentum we are capable of limitless heights.

We designed MidStrong as an online coaching platform to help you overcome Resistance, build some momentum, and find your way.

Well, I hope this serves to reassure you a bit. What questions do you have? I’m here to be a resource, so please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Paul Reilly
Paul Reilly
Paul is the Owner, President, and Head Strength and Balance Coach of ACCELERATED Strength & Balance. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association.