Rule of thumb: The more important a call to action is to our soul’s evolution, the more Resistance we will feel toward pursuing it.
~ Steven Pressfield, Do the Work
Resistance. As an independent-thinking woman, the word is not necessarily a negative one for me. Resisting a one-size-fits-all status quo is sorta my thing, don’t you know?
The time has come, however, to note the double edge of the sword of resistance. Wielding the sword is pretty incredible. Being on the receiving end is decidedly not.
Steven Pressfield has written a terrific little ebook called Do the Workwhich is geared toward anyone creating something new and battling the internal resistance to get it done.
Does this kind of thing happen to you?
Right now I’m working on a book. Scratch that. Right now I’m thinking about working on a book, because I can’t seem to get started despite ample time and a story to tell.
I’ve also been carrying around an exercise band for almost 8 months that has been used once. I’m not sure how I’m going to develop my upper body strength with that level of dedication. On a related note, the plank move is something I could practice in one minute per day and reap benefits from low back strain and shaky balance when hiking, but I have yet to spare the time.
I know I’m not alone here. Your higher self is asking you to do some of the same types of things and you continue to find ways to resist:
- Surfing the internet instead of writing
- Medicating sore muscles instead of strengthening them
- Endlessly planning for your new career/business/project and never taking the first step
If you battle resistance to your higher objectives (or lay down and let it run all over you like I often do), Steven’s ebook might just be the kick in the pants you need.
This is where I have to confess that I found and read his ebook during a planning session for writing my own book. See how resistance works?
The premise of the book is that resistance is instantly created when you attempt to follow your higher nature, delaying “immediate gratification in favor of long-term growth, health, or integrity.” The point that really stuck with me is that you can use resistance as a compass, always knowing that you are pointing true north when resistance rears its ugly head.
After all, you don’t get much resistance to plopping on the couch to veg out in front of the television. You get resistance to actually getting up and doing something else.
Steven’s book goes past Resistance and into The Work, which is the meat of the book.
- Starting before you are ready
- Overcoming the wall
- Finishing a project and the fear of success
The summer of work
We just arrived in Edinburgh, Scotland and have booked a month in an apartment in Edinburgh. It is a prime time for me to spend 30 consecutive days working on the book idea. We then have a 30-day housesit job in Brussels in August, which will be a perfect setting for reflecting and rewriting what has already been done.
Should I tell you that after writing the above paragraph I’ve already thought of several things to keep me from doing this? We have friends visiting, and then there’s Warren’s 40th birthday, and so many hikes and things to do in Scotland…I could go on and on.
Resistance is strong, and that’s my cue that this is important. So I’m booking out the time to write every single day we are there. I’m excited and more than a little bit nervous, and I hope to have your support as I take on this project.
I’m taking a swing at Resistance right now by telling you I’ll post my progress on the book weekly on this blog in the sidebar. (I’m also currently chewing my fingernails to shreds after making that commitment.)
Give Steven’s ebook a read and let us know if you are motivated to break through the resistance of a delayed goal in your life. You don’t have to tell us what it is (though we’d love to hear it), but we’d love to support you as you work through it.
The comments are open for Resistance Busting…now!