STAN – How to Overcome Goal Resistance

Do you Struggle with a Resistance to Achieving Goals?

A kind of push back?

It’s tough going when you want to make change, have tried many times and … failed.

Or you didn’t quite get quite as far as you would have liked.

I’ve seen it many times and felt it myself.

Why Bother!

Most of us have two lives.
The life we live, and the unlived life within us.
Between the two stands Resistance.
Steven Pressfield

Out of a small story in the Bible we find a simple little method of checking our goals.

This is the story of four young men, exiled to a foreign country who were commanded to eat certain foods.

Foods that had been offered to idols. A practice they could not be part of.

But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way.  Now God had caused the official to show favor and compassion to Daniel,  but the official told Daniel, “I am afraid of my lord the king, who has assigned your food and drink. Why should he see you looking worse than the other young men your age? The king would then have my head because of you.”

Daniel then said to the guard whom the chief official had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah,  “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.” So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days.

At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food. So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead. Daniel 1:8-16 (The Message)

Daniel used a little plan I call S.T.A.N. to achieve his goal of having a different diet. S.T.A.N. (1)

You can use it too.

Are your goals …

  • Simple to understand by all that are involved
  • Timed for review, not necessarily completion
  • Aimed at achieving something of deep personal value
  • Negotiated with those that are involved

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