“There’s a secret that real writers know that wannabe writer’s don’t, and the secret is this: It’s not the writing part that’s hard. What’s hard is the sitting down to write.” –Steve Pressfield
How many times have you fought a battle with yourself to make the time and put the effort forth to accomplish what’s really, truly important? If you’re like me, you know these struggles. There’s battle between good intentions and the need just to rest because you feel overworked. There’s the battle between carving out space to pursue your passions and the time sucking tasks that cut into the time you supposedly earmarked. Worst of all, there’s the battle between the should-of's, the have-to’s, and the want-to’s.
Steve Pressfield, author of The War of Art calls these ongoing struggles by one name-RESISTANCE. The quote above actually ends with this:
“What keeps us from sitting down is Resistance.”
Pressfield presents the concept of resistance as an intangible “force” that blocks the path between what we are presently doing and what we really want or should be doing in the bigger picture of our lives. He believes Resistance prevents people from ‘turning pro’, a state of accomplishment that he covers in detail in his subsequent book of the same title. Here’s another comment from Pressfield:
“Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between them stands Resistance.”
I recently came across the two books and immediately devoured the content. Fortunately, they are a scant 150 pages each containing quick-read vignettes that inspire and motivate. Pressfield’s works are a strong call to action for anyone who discovers them. He discusses his own struggle with Resistance and talks about how he overcame it to accomplish his aims at becoming an author.
If you are seeking to create something-whether its art, a book, a phenomenal program at work or a strong family life, Pressfield’s books are a genuine guide to uncovering the core of your resistance. Take a look and let us know how these influence you and your aims for success.
To You & Your Prosperity,
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