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 »
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.”
So 14 people have officially taken the Resistance Challenge and I’m sure there are a few more of you thinking about it, or secretly trying it (note: that caution is resistance) but I wanted to send out a warning. You don’t have to make up for a decade of procrastination in one day. Don’t wear yourself out. Only do today’s work today, without hurry. The only thing you want to keep in mind is to not avoid the tasks that propel your life forward and fill the time with tasks that are simply distractions. You know what I’m talking about, checking email obsessively, Facebook, researching the topic more, waiting for support, cleaning your entire house instead of making that important call, or starting that project. Just calmly stare down today’s resistance today and everything will start to fall in place … Read More »
Do you ever wonder why you never follow through with all of those great ideas you get at night but then when morning comes, they all go out the window? Resistance is the Enemy. Resistance is anything that you shy away from doing, when deep down you know doing it will lead you in the Right direction. No matter if it comes from procrastination, fear, or any sort of self-doubt, It can all be labeled resistance. Try this exercise, I call it Resistance Therapy: The moment you get the first inkling that you don’t want to do something, even something as simple as taking out the garbage, or dealing with some nuisance of an issue that you’d rather postpone, Do it that very moment. Do this for every single thing you resist for one whole week and see what happens. … Read More »
“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.”
“Resistance, … Read More »