Twice, Then Quit: How to Train for Resistance to Change
Here’s what you’re never told: You’re supposed to feel afraid. It’s ironic: In hindsight, overcoming that obstacle you resisted will often mean more to you than the reward you sought after at the beginning of your journey. The solution is not to overcome resistance, indefinitely, (that’s impossible), but to learn how to become comfortable with it, as and when it arises. In other words, to lean into it. To push yourself a little more than you’d normally do. And one of the most effective strategies I’ve learnt to do that, is the “Twice, Then Quit” strategy. Twice, Then Quit Leo Babauta, author of The Power of Less, describes Twice, Then Quit using meditation as an example: When you’re meditating and you feel like getting up, don’t; then when you feel the urge to get up a second time, don’t; and when you feel the urge to get up a third time, then get up. So you sit through the urge, the discomfort, twice before finally giving in the third time. This is a nice balance, so that you’re pushing your comfort zone a little. You can do this in exercise and many other activities — push a little.