Fighting Resistance to Achieve Success - Episode 31 with Garen McMillian

October 7, 2019

There is so much we could accomplish in a lifetime, but how many times does resistance keep us from doing all we might achieve?  Join us to do a deep dive into the subject of RESISTANCE.



I.  First read of Resistance in a book entitled Lynch Pin by Seth Godin

    A.  A form of perfectionism

          1.  We typically think of perfectionism as a good thing

          2.  Not always good; we don't always bring projects to conclusion because we are trying to be perfect

          3.  It is an insidious way of keeping you from doing your best work

          4.  Feels like a voice in your head

                a.  "Damned if you do and damned if you don't"

                b.  Creating reasons/excuses for not doing things

          5.  Also mentioned in a book entitled The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

               a.  Discusses people who spend more time battling resistance against work than actually working

               b.  Need to identify the procrastinating forces at play that pull the rug out from under someone experiencing resistance

               c.  How we use clever tricks to create arguments in our head to justify not doing work

II.  How to know when enough is enough and move forward

     A.  Moderation in everything

     B.  Learn to know when something is good enough so you can move on

     C.  Balance learning, thinking, and reading with Doing The Work

     D.  Take a step towards solving

             1.  Any stopping allows resistance to settle in and block you

     E.  When you feel "in the groove," "in the flow," or "on a roll," you are defeating resistance

     F.  It's not necessarily easy, but is very satisfying when you do  

III.  No man is an island:  your relationships with others are vital and can change your life

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Dan Chiodo

Passion. Charisma. Results. It’s those values and a desire to see others achieve them for themselves that led Dan to found iMPACT Training & Development, a firm which offers training to guide individuals into a higher level of performance through executive coaching, motivational speaking, staff training and organizational development.


As a Certified Mastermind Executive Coach, Dan teaches courses in leadership development, communication, sales, customer service and time management, with a focus on hands-on learning strategies.


Dan’s experience and interest in time management led to writing his book PerfectTIMING which is available on his website, as well as, Barnes & Noble and other books stores.


Dan also serves as the Senior Associate to Dr. Bill Wallisch, founder of MAIN Point, which is a communications firm that specializes in strategic communication skills for organizations worldwide. Clients include astronauts and cosmonauts of NASA, Coca-Cola, Starbucks, General Mills and the White House. MAINPoint also prepares well-known personalities for appearances on national television programs, such as Today, Nightline, Good Morning America and Meet the Press.


Dan spent a great part of his career in the communications field, having served more than ten years as the President & Publisher of the Joplin (MO) Globe, which is one of the largest newspapers in Community Newspaper Holding’s (CNHI) groups of newspapers in the U.S.

Prior to that, Dan held several management positions with Ottaway Newspapers, the community newspaper division of Dow Jones, Inc. He has also worked at communications companies in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Minnesota and Missouri.


Dan graduated from East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. He also attended the American Press Institute, Reston, Va., the management studies program at Kellogg University, Chicago, Ill., and Leaderpoint Management Development Institute, Overland Park, Ks. He also taught at the Bloomsburg Journalism Institute, Bloomsburg, Penn., and at Ashland Community College, Ashland, Ky. Dan was an instructor for the Xerox Professional Selling Skills program and administrated it for several Ottaway newspapers.


Dan’s assignments have taken him to countries such as Mexico, Panama, Australia, the UK and Dubai. He has also taught in the U.S. for companies such as General Mills, Nestle, Medtronic, Knutson Construction, the State of Missouri and Freeman Health System hospitals.


Dan is also on the John Maxwell Team of instructors and coaches, working with John to offer his courses throughout the country.

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