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EP 47: How to Push Past Resistance & Do The Things You Don’t Want to Do

Mar 4, 2019

EP 47: How to Push Past Resistance & Do The Things You Don’t Want to Do

Welcome to the Do It Scared™ podcast! In every episode of this podcast, we’ll talk about how to face your fears, overcome obstacles, and create a life you love!

Sometimes it’s hard to get things done, especially when you don’t even really want to do them. We’ve all been there, and I get asked about this a lot! That’s why today’s episode is all about how to push past internal resistance, especially when it comes to doing the things you don’t really want to do. If you’re someone who wants to accomplish big things (and since you’re listening, I know you’re one of these people!), learning this skill is critical.

Unfortunately, any time you’re achieving big things, you need to push past your comfort zone. And that means encountering resistance. Sometimes that comes from the outside, but often it comes from ourselves. Take me, for example: I hate exercise. Absolutely, completely hate it. For a large part of my adult life, I chose not to exercise at all. Finally, a little over a year ago, I set a goal to lose 25 pounds and get into the best shape of my life. That meant exercising.

I started going to the gym three times a week, and running at least twice a week. I still hate it every single time, but as much as I hate it, I’m still doing it consistently. I force myself to do it because it’s part of a bigger goal.

How does this pattern show up in your life? Maybe you’re in debt and struggling to get out because part of you is resisting changing those bad financial habits. Maybe you’re trying to launch a blog, but you’re having a hard time sitting down and creating content. The truth is that setting a goal is painless, but following through can be a lot harder.

So how do you get there? How do you push through the pain to get the discipline to do the things you don’t really want to do? That’s what today’s episode is all about! Listen in to learn some practical tips and strategies for developing this discipline and getting things done. Here’s a sneak preview of some strategies you’ll learn:

  1. Create success triggers.
  2. Set a timer.
  3. Find accountability.
  4. Be willing to invest in yourself.
  5. Celebrate your wins!


[01:23] – Ruth welcomes listeners and introduces the topic of today’s episode: finding the motivation to do things you’re not excited about.
[04:42] – If you’re not already following Ruth on Instagram, please do! This is the one social media account that she personally manages, so it’s the best place to get in touch with her.
[05:11] – We learn about just how much Ruth hates exercise, and always has.
[07:27] – A little over a year ago, Ruth set a goal to get in shape. She talks about this, and how this struggle might have parallels for listeners (even those who like exercising).
[09:52] – How do you push through the pain and do the things you don’t want to do?
[10:41] – Ruth shares the first of her practical strategies for listeners: create success triggers.
[13:05] – The second strategy is almost embarrassingly simple, but incredibly effective.
[16:18] – We learn about Ruth’s third strategy for pushing past internal resistance.
[19:46] – Ruth’s fourth strategy is to be willing to invest in yourself, because we value what we pay for.
[23:05] – The fifth strategy is to celebrate your wins, Ruth explains.
[24:17] – Finding discipline might never be easy, but it can be easier using the five strategies that Ruth recaps here.
[26:03 Ruth loves hearing from listeners! Feel free to reach out either by email at ruth@livingwellspendingless.com or by messaging her on Instagram.