DONT LET THIS ONE THING CRUSH YOUR LIFE & YOUR DREAM
I’ve tried pretty much everything in the way of
I’ve created to do lists, checklists, and goals for
each day. I’ve dedicated special blocks of every
day to writing, email, product creation, you name
I’ve read books about how to maximize
productivity , how to get more done in less time,
while at a higher quality.
Of everything I’ve read and out of everything
I’ve tried, the greatest ally, tactic, or tip I’ve
come across thus far, was given to me by Steven
Pressfield, in his books, The War of Art and,
Both books cover a great deal about what it
means to create something, far beyond what I’m
going to talk about in this article. What they did
that no other book had done before, is position
doing work as a battle. A battle against an enemy
that Pressfield calls, The Resistance.
What is the Resistance?
The Resistance is anything that keeps you from
doing your work. It can be internal, in the form
of fear, worry, or laziness. It can be external in
the form of others who are trying to pry you
away from your mission and your work.
The Resistance has a few definitive
The Resistance is persistent
You can defeat it in battle, even kill it, but it will
always come back the next day. Battle against
the Resistance is a daily endeavor for those of us
who are trying to perfect our craft.
Whether you’re an athlete, a writer, a marketer,
an artist in the conventional sense, or a person
trying to lose a few pounds, but every time you
start a diet, the world seems to conspire to get
you to quite, you’re at war against the
The Resistance is your fear of failure that
prevents you from setting the big, hairy,
audacious goals your soul truly wants to achieve,
set, and create in your life. It’s your sense of
worry that prevents you from aiming high
enough, the voice inside of you that wants to
remain small and safe.
The Resistance has to be defeated if you’re
going to not only write the book your want to
write, paint the painting your soul longs to
create, or get paid to play the game you’re in
love with, but it has to be defeated if you’re
going to live.
Pressfield has one of the most eloquent and eye-
opening definitions of ambition I’ve yet to read:
Ambition, I have come to believe, is the
most primal and sacred fundamental of
our being. To feel ambition and to act
upon it is to embrace the unique calling
of our souls. Not to act upon that
ambition is to turn our backs on
ourselves and on the reason for our
~ Steven Pressfield, Turning Pro
Ambition isn’t merely what you want in life, it is
life. To defeat the Resistance, is to live in
accordance with what your soul truly longs for,
what it feels this thing called life is all about.
The Resistance is cunning
The Resistance will try to rationalize your
laziness. It’s your internal voice that tells you
that the deadline can be pushed to tomorrow,
that it’s “ok” to take just one, insignificant day
The Resistance will trick you if you don’t identify
its existence, and wage war upon it.
If you ignore it, the Resistance will conquer you,
leave you broke, weak, and as far away from
accomplishing your goals, and the object of your
ambition, as you can possibly be.
The only way to understand what it truly is, is to
be aware that the Resistance exists, and it’s
trying to kill you every day.
The Resistance is fear
The Resistance is relentless, persistent, and
cunning. It can take the form of happy thoughts,
of people you love, of selfish desires, but it’s
always grounded, founded, and supported by fear.
Having read Mr. Pressfield’s books many times
over, and waging war against this demon daily, I
still find it hard to determine whether it’s the
Resistance talking, or me. I have to focus to
determine whether it’s a venture – or an
adventure – I truly want to pursue, or one that’s
guided by fear.
Fear always wants to lead us to safer pastures.
Fear isn’t something we should avoid, or move
with, but something we should oppose.
If something scares us, then it’s a pretty good
determinant of something we should be doing,
pursuing, moving towards, and giving every ounce
of our energy to.
It’s the things we fear most, that we often want
Our greatest fears aren’t snakes, crocodiles, or
spiders, but failure in what we’d most like to do
with our lives. Our greatest fears in life are that
we’ll die without doing what our souls know we
should be doing.
When we take the first step to accomplishing this
object of our fear, the Resistance throws
everything it possibly can at us. It puts more on
our plate, reasons with us as to why now isn’t
the time, brings a relationship into our lives, the
death of a loved one, another interest that’s
easier, a route that is safer to take.
The Resistance is real. It’s cunning, persistent,
It will attack us when we’re about to embark on
our great journey, or we’re about to realize is
become something real, tangible, a creation.
Identify the enemy if you want to live a strong
life, ignore it if you want to live a small one.
Fight it everyday as the alarm rings and you’d
rather stay in bed. Defeat it with every step
towards perfecting your craft, facing your
fears , and conquering that voice inside of you
that wants nothing more than safety.
If you’re waging this war, and fighting this
battle. I applaud you. You’re one of the few.