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Beating the resistance: Don’t even think about it, just do it

Nike is right. Just do it.

Today there were two times when I fought the resistance and won. It may not seem like much, but ‘carpe diem’, I count it as a victory.

First, I was in a meeting with Sakata City delegates including the mayor. At one point I was asked to describe my involvement in a recently initiated project. This was great for me because I was feeling a little unconfident in my Japanese ability since coming back from NZ, but I had gotten over that. I wasn’t sure if I could get away with not talking, but a friend of mine pushed me, and I said, fuck it, and just did it. It probably wasn’t as good as it could be, but there’s always room for improvement.

The second thing I did, I wasn’t sure whether I’d be able to, was swim 800m x2 on the 1’20. This is tough for me at the moment. I can get under 1’10 for 100m, but never consecutively. Anyway, I did what I said the other day. I told myself to get to the 600m mark, and let the adrenaline get me over the line. And that’s just what I did. I kept telling myself to just push through till I got to the 600m mark, cos I’d know for sure then whether I’d be able to make it. To be honest, I’m not sure if I did, although I would only be a maximum of 1 second off. Either way, I proved that it was possible, and now I have to do it next week, this time with more conviction.

So there you have it. Beat the resistance by just doing it!

Tim Bunting Kiwi Yamabushi


Hi, I’m Tim Bunting AKA the Kiwi Yamabushi, a New Zealander who became a Yamabushi Ascetic in the Dewa Sanzan mountains of north Japan. I’m part of the Yamabushido team, and we host life-altering Yamabushi training on the Dewa Sanzan (website link). People come to us for the ultimate mindfulness experience, to reach the next level, or simply connect with nature and themselves.

I’m on a mission to summit all 100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata Prefecture to spread the splendour of this fabulous location, and in dedication to all those who lost their lives out in nature, including my father.

On my daily blog I post thoughts of a practicing Yamabushi that I hope people can use to better themselves and live as fulfilling a life as possible.

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