I myself am quite the stubborn lamb. As a sufferer from chronic health issues I have tried almost all the things. I have tried to politely smile and thank well meaning acquaintances who ask if I've tried A, B or C. I have tried to shake off the comments about my health problems being my fault. I have tried enough mainstream and alternative medicines to "fix" my issues that I've developed a bit of a problem. I will only give any new "cure" a month. Some of the suggested fixes are quite unpleasant and for me having a set end date was part of my mental defense for giving solution "x" every chance to work. I would do everything they asked of me....for a month. And when it didn't work, because let's face it, nothing had yet, I wouldn't be surprised and I wouldn't have invested hope falsely.
Sometimes what health professionals ask of us sounds so ridiculous. At least it does to me. I honestly believe (and therefore act out) that what they're asking of me couldn't possibly make a difference. This is apparently not uncommon. The training my friend is going through to become a therapist is asking some great questions of her. She was stuck on a particular one when we met for tea and so she asked me my opinion.
"What do you say to a client who is clearly not doing the work at home that you have assigned"
I understand the question from the clients side and after talking it through, she realized she did too. We all have things that raise our hackles and set our stubborn feet. We all, at every age and type, have little temper tantrums when we say in the privacy of our own minds, "Well, I'll show you!" It's counter productive in the extreme and doesn't help anybody.
There are many ways that my stubborn streak has caused me harm. My health being one of the biggest areas it has effected. In order to prove to the therapist and "everybody else" that I'm not lazy, lying or faking it, I do everything they tell me even when it is painful and causing more health issues. I don't talk about it. They didn't want to hear me when I told them it won't work, then fine. I'll show them! Sometimes I completely ignore health workers advice because it sounds so far-fetched. Like eating at specific times of the day....how could that possibly be the reason I'm not losing weight?!?
The real problem is that I have already decided that it's not going to work. That belief effects the outcome. It makes it more likely that I will not comply with what is being asked of me, either through omission or through stubborn belligerence. It is ultimately a waste of my time and whichever health practitioner I am currently seeing.
Entering into any activity should always be done with eyes wide open. Being on the lookout for red flags and warning signs is always wise. We should be searching for God in the everyday and that means even the things we consider mundane. It is always walking forward, searching actively....never with neck outstretched, heals dug in, weight shifting to our rumps. Your stubbornness will never take you where you want to go. It will only keep you where you are.
If where you're walking isn't working, then change your course, don't fight to stay where you are.
Jeremiah 7:24 ESV
But they did not obey or incline their ear, but walked in their own counsels and the stubbornness of their evil hearts, and went backward and not forward.