Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands Resistance.
According to Steven Pressfield, author of the “War of Art,” Resistance is the most toxic force on the face of the planet. Resistance is what stands between who we are and who we are capable of becoming- of who we were INTENDED to become.
The objective of Resistance is to prevent us from doing our work. What work is that? It’s the work we were put on this earth to do. It’s the work that only we can do. It’s the work that, if not done by us, cannot be done by anyone else.
It’s been several days since I’d spent any time in the studio (okay, more like a week). I’ve been wanting to get in there, but other things kept getting in my way, things that other people needed, things that seemed more urgent…more important than me spending a few hours painting. That, my friend, was Resistance.
Yesterday I did battle with Resistance and I won. How? By simply showing up, squirting some paint on my palette and getting messy. Once I started, I didn’t want to stop, so I didn’t. I created the picture you see with this post, and then I finished a larger canvas I’d started a few weeks ago.
By simply showing up, I showed Resistance who’s boss.
This is a topic that I’ll be touching on repeatedly because it’s that important. Don’t let Resistance stand in the way of you and your creative dreams. For strategies on how to overcome Resistance, I cannot recommend Steven’s book highly enough. Get yourself a copy today.
The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles