The idea of “Resistance” came from a book I read while on Christmas vacation a year ago, “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield. As I was reading it, I knew my life was about to change. Some things resonate so truthfully that if you ignore them you must take full responsibility for your cowardice, accept your impending failure, and say to yourself, “You just ain’t got it kid”. Once the enemy had a name – Resistance, I had to admit that for my entire life up to that point I had always given in to it.
So what is Resistance? It takes so many forms that almost everything is resistance. It’s anything that stops us from doing what we know we should be doing with our lives, things that elevate us, the pursuit of our calling and purpose. It’s the artist that doesn’t paint, the writer that doesn’t write, … Read More »
“The hardest thing to learn is not ‘how to juggle,’ but how to let the balls drop.”“When I say, ‘Make mistakes, please,’ what I really want is for you to do something risky or challenging, something out of your comfort zone, where mistakes are possible (and likely), and to proceed boldly.”—ANTHONY FROST, Improvisation in Drama and – Patricia Ryan Madson, Improv Wisdom
This whole idea of resistance came from a book called “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield. His premise is that we are scared to live up to and face our purpose and potential. He suggests that we’ll do all kinds of things to avoid it even in our career choice. Here’s a quote:
“Sometimes, when we’re terrified of embracing our true calling, we’ll pursue a shadow calling instead. That shadow career is a metaphor for our real career. Its shape is similar, its contours feel tantalizingly the same. But a shadow career entails no real risk. If we fail at a shadow career, the consequences are meaningless to us.”
Would you rather keep your hopes and dreams alive by not daring to pursue them, or pursue them only to find you just don’t have what it takes? It’s FEAR of the latter that keeps most dreams unrealized. We can nurse ourselves through long periods of our life, clinging to fantasies of what could be if only… However, think of the enormous waste of both time and life energy that could be put to better use if you would just go ahead and find out one way or the other. If you are capable, then you’ll realize your dreams. If you aren’t capable then it wasn’t meant to be, you’ll learn, adjust, and conjure a new dream more in line with your true gifts and destiny. Muster the courage to give it a real shot, face it, and find out … Read More »
“Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.” – Napoleon Hill