We were born rebels…
We sprang out of our mother’s womb kicking and screaming, we refused to listen to our parents’ requests to clean our rooms, we fought ferociously not to eat vegetables, and we refused to move when they said they won’t buy us a shiny, new toy.
Rebellions erupted throughout history because there was a feeling of injustice, a sense of enough is enough!
Mario Savio, one of the leaders of the free speech movements, said the following:
“There is a time…when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part. You can’t even passively take part.”
What happens when we are the “machine”? What happens when something inside of us can’t take part?
Although on a much smaller scale than the free speech movement, your inner rebel is angry!
Every time he wants to change something that pushes you from your comfort zone, you get mad and say no… Your reasons are not noble.
Your inner rebel isn’t going away; he’s a part of your personality. You’ll have to learn to listen to him if you want to learn how to overcome resistance and ultimately evolve.
#1 Know your inner rebel and treat him with the respect he deserves
The biggest mistake you can make is to underestimate your inner rebel. You need to be aware that every move you make is monitored by the rebel force and that he wants you to: want more, achieve more, and evolve into a more productive human being.
Remind yourself that you’re in this “for the good of the people” (or you for that matter) and try to justify to yourself why this action or change is so important…if you’re able to do that, you’ll probably accomplish what you’ve set out to do.
Rebels want to initiate progress and achieve recognition.
#2 Create a sense of purpose to overcome resistance because of your fear of change
Since your rebel’s desires will create some sort of change, there’s a part of you that will resist that change, even fear it. Humans are afraid of change, no matter how advanced we are…we even fear success.
Remember, the rebel knows he’s right, overcoming your fear of change is not a walk in the park. Listening to your rebel’s sense of purpose will help you move in the right direction!
#3 Ask yourself what’s the alternative: what will happen if you silence the rebellion?
We invest a lot of energy in convincing our inner rebel that “it’s too hard” or “it’s impossible”.
It’s better to work with the rebel than against him, since the change will help us reach our goals. If we silence the rebel too often, he may stop rebelling. We will “be stuck” in the status quo with no hope of ever changing.
Remember that change is led by rebels – so work with your inner rebel to accomplish your goals and evolve!
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