Don’t try to look these words up because I made them up.
Prosistance is Proactive Resistance – making resistance work for you and not letting it work against you.
Prosilience is Prospective Resilience – preparing yourself ahead of time for the obstacles and setbacks that are an inevitable part of achieving any Big Goal.
As Steve Pressfield says in his indispensable book The War of Art, resistance can kill you by killing your dreams and your ambition to realize those dreams. But if you’ve ever lifted weights, you know that resistance can also make you stronger if you fight against it.
Prosistance is acknowledging that resistance will come and bracing yourself for the fight so you don’t back down when it does.
And as Harold Kushner reminded us in his beautiful book When Bad Things Happen to Good People, it’s not if bad things happen, it’s when bad things happen. Sooner or later we are all called upon to practice resilience in the face of adversity.
Prosilience is preparing yourself ahead of time – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually – to face those challenges with courage, awareness and perseverance.
Prosistance is what prepares you to stand up straight and go to work when you would much rather lie back down and go to sleep.Prosilience is what prepares you to get back up and try again when you’ve been knocked flat and it is so tempting to just give up and try something else.
The paradox is that the time to work on cultivating Prosistance and Prosilience is now, before you need them, because if you wait until you’ve hit the wall or been knocked flat, it might be too late.
You need to work on developing grit and mental toughness now, ahead of the game, the way an athlete works on physical strength and conditioning long before finally entering the arena.
The 100 Day Challenge – Special Offer
I’ve previously encouraged Spark Plug readers to join me in taking The Challenge, and I really didn’t think it could get any better. But Gary has spent the past year giving the course a complete overhaul. This is a huge update that includes 100 new lessons, more than 50 added-value bonuses, an eye-popping new design, as well as incredible new functions for recording, tracking and measuring performance. It also includes new features for mobile devices.
And today Gary is letting Spark Plug readers kick the tires of the new 100 Day Challenge for just $1 for a 10-day trial, with the $176 balance to be paid when you continue the course (which based on feedback from other Spark Plug readers who have taken the course, I am quite confident you will do). Check it out: