But then I re-read Steven Pressfield’s timeless classic, the War of Art while on a train. It hit me between the eyes and I realised that I had to defeat ‘The Resistance’.
Steven Pressfield says:
Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands Resistance. Have you ever brought home a treadmill and let it gather dust in the attic? Ever quit a diet, a course of yoga, a meditation practice? Have you ever bailed out on a call to embark upon a spiritual practice, dedicate yourself to a humanitarian calling, commit your life to the service of others? Have you ever wanted to be a mother, a doctor, an advocate for the weak and helpless; to run for office, crusade for the planet, campaign for world peace, or to preserve the environment? Late at night have you experienced a vision of the person you might become, the work you could accomplish, the realized being you were meant to be? Are you a writer who doesn’t write, a painter who doesn’t paint, an entrepreneur who never starts a venture? Then you know what Resistance is.
I’m experiencing Resistance in a big way right now and in this episode I share with you what this looks like for me. The Five Big Tools that it uses to catch me out:
No one forces us to show up to make the change we want make. If I chose to give the podcast a miss this week I wouldn’t be punished. No one would haul me into a disciplinary meeting. Nothing would happen… And that’s the point.
When we allow resistance to win nothing happens. That’s it. Status quo. Things stay the same. Normality And we go another day without acting on those deep seated intentions, goals, hopes and dreams.
The world is quite ok with that.
I cannot recommend the non-fiction works of Steven Pressfield highly enough.
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