Have you ever had a big idea but felt like it was unachievable? Have you ever wanted to write a novel, run a marathon, drop an album? I’m going to let you on a little secret. It isn’t the action that’s hard. It’s making time to do it. Writing isn’t hard, sitting down to write is. Running isn’t hard, making time to train is. Playing an instrument isn’t the challenge, practicing is.
You get the point. It’s not the action we are morally averse to; it’s the process.
That aversion to the process feels like tension, my friends its what some people refer to as resistance.
In The War of Art, Steven Pressfield spends a third of his book merely defining this resistance we all face. He brings it up in many different forms to prove that it doesn’t have favorites, and it isn’t seasonal.
The resistance he says “will assume any form if that’s what it takes to deceive you.”
It will convince you that you can procrastinate, or that you don’t deserve it, it will speak lie after lie to you telling you that can’t win, so you shouldn’t try.
So, here’s the thing; resistance is a thing. We fight it every day but as Pressfield says, “the battle must be fought anew every day.”
My encouragement to you is that we all fight it, so keep up the good fight. You’re going places.