The Zen of Resistance


I feel blessed to be guiding more and more entrepreneurs to turn their blog into a magic marketing tool. I do this with ultimate pleasure and passion. My blog posts are the ultimate legacy of my lessons learnt, and I love sharing those to pave the way for you to blog in your most authentic voice. To pave the way for you to become totally Zen about business blogging and to experience the Zen in all aspects of writing content for your business. Including the Zen of Resistance.

Zen of Resistance

Entrepreneurs like you often voice their resistance to blogging to me. No resistance to having a blog, but resistance because blogging can feel like a burden to you. It feels like something hard, something like a hurdle, something that costs valuable time, takes effort and costs energy. Does that resonate with you in any way?

Why are you feeling resistance?

Blogging to you is something you know is or will be beneficial to your business, yet at the same time it feels like a burden, like something cumbersome. You will have to get under your client’s skin, and have empathy with your prospects and ideal readers…

You will need to write in a way that’s it different to your natural way of writing, something you don’t find easy. And suddenly, you feel resistance. Just plain, clear resistance. Is it really necessary to do that? Is it really necessary for you to do that? Must you really spend all that time on writing blog posts? And when you feel so much resistance welling up… is it then still sensible to be wanting to blog for your business? To write differently? To be vulnerable? To start thinking marketing, start thinking in problems, challenges, and hurdles? To do it, even? Pure, naked resistance… and that’s not a nice feeling at all. Not something that makes you happy, am I right?

What is resistance doing to you?

Feeling such strong resistance, can’t be a good sign, can it? It might not work, in your field of expertise, anyway, you might think. And while you’re feeling such resistance, and you cannot recognise what that resistance could have in store for you in a positive light… While you’re believing that resistance is a reason not to do it… Those are the signs that your mind is taking to be signs that blogging won’t work for your product, your service, your target audience, your readers… in the same way that it does for other entrepreneurs with different products, services, and target audiences. … and well, you’ll find you’ll be proved right about that… That’s when it won’t work. That’s when your resistance won’t fade.

How can your turn resistance into an opportunity?

Let me take you into the magical world of resistance. Resistance, you see, is fabulous! What? Are you reading this correctly? Yes, you most definitely are! Resistance is totally Zen! And I am going to explain to you how I see resistance. And how I apply resistance as one of my most powerful tools in my personal development.

What is resistance, actually?

  • Resistance is a signal
  • Resistance is the boundary of your comfort zone
  • Resistance is the boundary of your habit
  • Resistance is the springboard to a new habit
  • Resistance is an opportunity
  • Resistance is an opportunity for growth
  • Resistance is an opportunity for distinction
  • Resistance is an opportunity for progress
  • Resistance is an opportunity for success

And see… now resistance is nog longer something to avoid.
No, resistance is something that you feel is an opportunity.
That same resistance is now for you:

  • your personal wake-up call
  • your engine to spring into action
  • your reason for wanting to step outside your comfort zone
  • your motivation for just get out there and do it
  • your chance to do something innovative
  • your window of opportunity to greater things
  • your personal invitation to becoming totally Zen

What is it you really want? More of the same? Or more of the things you want to achieve?
Stop playing the waiting game, and stop selling yourself short. Go and step into your greatness.

  • go and blog
  • allow yourself a new habit
  • allow yourself a new success habit
  • go and blog
  • go and show yourself
  • go and help your clients
  • go and help your readers
  • go and shine
  • go and make yourself visible
  • go and step into the light
  • go and distinguish yourself
  • go and grow
  • go and create your successses
  • go and enjoy it all
  • go and do it
  • just go

Yes, and I do so very much hope you’ve ended up here, and are reading this all. I wish you so much zen, success, happiness, glory and impact. Turn your resistance into your friend. Your super power… Go and blog from all of your greatness. Go and do it. The world needs you!

And please, do let me know what your greatest insight is from reading this. I am already grateful for everything this will bring you. Your comment on my blog brings me happiness, it does. I also find your comment educational, inspiring and great – but what is far more important to me is what YOU can do for your clients, your readers, your fans. Now, tomorrow, next week and for all the generations to come. Thank you for your connection xx

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18 thoughts on “The Zen of Resistance

    1. Saskia van de Riet Post author

      I can vouch for that, Marielle, that you are totally ZEN about blogging for your business. You are building a formidable legacy with lasting impact. Something you can be proud of.

  1. Veron Goemans

    Resistance is Zen. Never looked at it that way. Interesting point of view!

    Years ago when I start blogging for managers in companies to inspire them I blogged on a regular base. But later when I changed my target audience blogging became a big thing for me. It felt like I had almost nothing to contribute.

    But lately I decided to leave my resistance behind me so now I am blogging again on a regulier base.

    I will keep it in mind ‘resistance as an opportunity’.

  2. Kit

    I have learned to work with resistance in Aikido and in my work as a therapist. Resistance is beautiful feedback. I didn’t see it in my writing but off course it is there as well. So thanks for the subject and to bring it to my mind. Thank you. Very nice blog 😘

  3. Karine

    It’s true what you say. Resistance can be your guru. I takes some awareness to notice your resistance, get closer to it instead of running away from it, and seeing it for what it is: some sort of old tape repeating itself, a feeling/message you had gotten used to but never looked in the eye. Come closer, resistance, let’s make some magic happen! I will listen to you, you will dissolve and maybe we will meet again, both transformed 😉

  4. AE Kruska

    I enjoyed your blog ‘zen of resistance’ a lot. It reminds me of the book ‘zen and the art of motorcylce maintenance’. It’s a similar story of challenging growth and bouncing into one’s comfort boundaries.

    I felt quite often the resistance when writing a blog. It turned mostly up when I was already halfway through the blog. Very strange.
    I like writing, it’s a pleasure to share your thoughts. For me writing blogs has given me an insight in my progress in finding more and more my own style.

    1. Saskia van de Riet Post author

      I’m intrigued now by that book, Anja! I think if resistance kicks in halfway through your blog, your inner critic might have been awakened… Just send him back to sleep again, or lead him up the garden path 😉 Keep blogging!

  5. Julia Neiman

    This is a very thoughtful blog, Saskia. I love that you say “Resistance is Zen.” It is a great opportunity for learning more about ourselves.

    I’ve always been a writer, since I was in third grade so I’m not resistant to the writing part. I just don’t often set it as a high priority anymore which is why I join blog challenges. Each quarter I get to add more posts to my blog and fill it up so I can go back to higher priorities.

    I really should make more of an effort to post more often though.

    1. Saskia van de Riet Post author

      I love your words, Julia, and how you write yourself towards the insight of wanting to post more often… how about turning blogging into a ritual for you, making it one of your higher priorities (maybe not in urgency, but in value, for yourself, and for your readers.

  6. Jyll Hoyrup

    Ooooooh love this one: “Resistance is the boundary of your comfort zone”. I’ve been mulling over blogging a lot, and how I want to and will continue blogging now that the UBC is almost to a close. I love writing and that isn’t where I get hung up. I struggle with editing to perfection (just PUBLISH already, Crimes!), and finding photos, and sometimes layout (esp with photos and how different it looks in the edit versus on the website). I feel letting go of some of that will be best for me in order to keep writing – THAT is what is most important.

    1. Saskia van de Riet Post author

      Isn’t it fascinating, Jyll, how we all have our own talents, and our own struggles. Editing to perfection…. that sounds like hard work, allow yourself to enjoy the process, too.

    2. Judith Quin

      Creative tension is the cornerstone of a training that has made a massive difference to both my life and business – so I’m 100% with you on this Saskia.

      1. Saskia van de Riet Post author

        I love your way of putting this: creative tension. Thank you, Judith !!


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