I’ve been living in fear.
The sad thing is I’ve adapted to it. No, it’s not the kind of crap-your-pants terror when a texting driver almost kills you. It’s the fear that nibbles at the edges just enough to keep you frozen in place.
I like to write. Maybe I even love it. But I haven’t written much of anything for a long time. How does this happen?
Fearing what you love.
Stephen Pressfield calls this kind of fear Resistance in his book, The War of Art. It’s an insidious force keeping you from the work you love.
- Resistance is that whisper that you’re not good enough
- Resistance seduces you to troll Facebook and YouTube instead of working.
- Resistance convinces you to make plans instead of working.
- Resistance tells you to start tomorrow.
- Resistance says you need a break, a snack, a nap.
- Resistance is fear in disguise.
You face Resistance no matter who you are. When the alarm clock rings you probably aren’t jumping out of bed excited to get to work. You might think it would be different if your work let you be creative, doing something you love.
But Resistance is even stronger when you’re trying to create something. It’s at war against your art.
Three steps to beat Resistance?
Success comes from the choices you make. Decide to do the work instead of whatever distraction Resistance throws at you.
Dip your brush in paint and get something on the canvas. Write your first sentence. Pick up the phone and make a sales call. Get moving!
3. Don’t quit.
Resistance will fight you for every inch. It’s relentless. The only way to beat it is to keep fighting for one more step until you’ve finished what you started.
Get back up again!
I let Resistance knock me out of the game for several years. I’ll tell more details on how that happened in a future post. I’m back on my feet to go another round.
How about you? Are you ready to decide, start and keep going against the fear Resistance throws at you?