I’m currently reading “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield & Shawn Coyne. Have you read it? If not, I would highly recommend it, especially if you have artistic aspirations in any way, shape or form. However, if you are to deep in a wish list of books you have yet to read or your Goodreads list is getting out of control, I’ll share some aspects of the book that resonate with me over my next couple of blog posts.
Have you ever taken some time to think about how ‘resistance’ plays a role in your life? Steven Pressfield sure has and it’s fascinating stuff. He explains that anytime we pursue long-term change, the forces of resistance will fight against it. Long-term change can include such things as pursuing a creative art (writing, painting, music, dance), launching an entrepreneurial venture, a new health regimen, spiritual advancement, a program designed to overcome an unwanted habit or addiction, etc. Any goal that strives to fulfill our higher nature instead of our lower nature (immediate gratification) will elicit resistance for everyone, every time. There’s absolutely no way of getting around it, you have to expect to work through it.
Rule of thumb: “The more important a call or action is to our soul’s evolution, the more resistance we will feel toward pursuing it.”
Reflecting on some of the ways that resistance shows up in my own life…..impatience (wanting to start and finish a painting all in one sitting. I’m resistance about really taking the time to develop my skills), Pinterest (spending time looking at other people’s artwork when I could be in the studio working on my own), shopping for more art supplies (vs. spending that shopping time doing the work….I’ve gotten a bit better about this as of late), and of course, some of the classic ways resistance shows up in many of our lives…..healthy eating (vs. what’s quick and yummy) and exercising (vs. doing just about anything else….lol).
Your turn…..how is resistance showing up in your life right now? What excuses are you making? What rational, well-thought out reasons do you tell yourself and others to explain why you’re not doing “the work”? What are you afraid of? What’s keeping you from moving forward?
Resistance is not your friend. It’s a force of nature that wants you to fail. Will you let it?
Next time: Combating Resistance: Turning Pro
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