Resistance is experienced as fear; the degree of fear equates to the strength of Resistance.
Therefore the more fear we feel about a specific enterprise, the more certain we can be that that enterprise is important to us and to the growth of our soul. That's why we feel so much Resistance.
If it meant nothing to us, there'd be no Resistance.”
― Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles
I just finished reading the book War of Art by Steven Pressfield. And if there’s ever a book you read in your life, make it this one. Seriously, this is it.
It’s a quick, to the point, kick in the ass type read.
For anyone that’s ever been stuck in the act of creation (HI, ME!) this book will turn you inside out + upside down.
RESISTANCE IS REAL.
Wtf is resistance?! The feeling when you know you should be doing something else but feel this incredible energy opposing you, convincing you of avoidance in a very rational + reasonable tone (like, “If I just took a nap now, I’ll have more energy to do what I need to later,” or “I’m going to wake up early and do it tomorrow, I’m tired now and I won’t be any use to myself”. [Hi, me again, right now.] ).
If you know what energy I’m talking about then you need to run, not walk, to the nearest bookstore (or fine buy it on iBooks) to grab yourself a copy. You’ll finish it in two days. Pinky swear.
I was recommended this book by another #girlboss after venting about feeling this desire to create but missing the get up + go. This book, she said, was my answer. And oh my wooooord was she right.
I’d been hearing about, reading about + seeing this book everywhere I turned, which usually means you’re supposed to go read it, (the universe sending you major sigs…) but I resisted. Until she convinced me, so surely, that it would change my life.
Case closed. YUP. Life —> changed.
I originally heard about this book by my mentor my spirit animal (can you have a spirit animal that’s a person?) the inspiration for my career, the goddess of getting shit done, Marie Forleo.
She talks about it often, but I never thought it applied to me because I wasn’t making “art”. Yea, I literally thought it was for painters, sculptors or writers (hello, I’m writing now aren’t I?!) you know “artists”.
But you know what, we’re all flippin’ artists, damnit.
Anyone trying to “birth” something into this world is an artist. An entrepreneur, a poet, a songwriter, a marathon runner. Anyone can and is an artist!
“If you find yourself asking yourself (and your friends), "Am I really a writer? Am I really an artist?" chances are you are. The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is scared to death.”
― Steven Pressfield
What a time to be alive.
Marie also taught me a key idea that I try to implement in my life every day.
Progress over perfection.
This is the #1 idea to combat the resistance we feel on a daily basis.
Action over analysis. Done is better than perfect.
Because perfection is resistance.
Starting is ultimately the hardest part of any venture. We know we can do the work once we’re in it, but can we start?
Can we sit down at our computers + birth that thing into life?!
Can we get up an hour early to go to the gym to attack our fitness goals? Even though we know once we’re there we’ll be able to lift a weight, or two.
So why if we know we can DO the work is it so much harder to just start!?
“The artist committing himself to his calling has volunteered for hell, whether he knows it or not. He will be dining for the duration on a diet of isolation, rejection, self-doubt, despair, ridicule, contempt, and humiliation.”
― Steven Pressfield
Because our mind is “protecting” us from feeling all these ^^ feels.
But our only job is to show up and do the work. Our work isn’t for us, our work is for somebody else who needs to experience it.
That’s why making progress, even small steps each day, is SO much more important than it being perfect. In the pursuit of perfection you are denying people your gift, your light.
So in the spirit of progress over perfection, you are reading this blog post, which is shit, but I really wanted to tell you about this book (because #imexcited) and hopefully spark some fire in you if you’ve been feeling taken by the resistance (this makes its sound like communists).
ANYWAY, read the book, let me know your thoughts…we can swap notes and attack the struggle together.
With a big BIG hug + oodles of love!
xo Kendall Marie
…Now, if you’re wondering if this book is really for you, answer me this, what are you avoiding at this very moment but “taking a break” and reading this blog post?
Yea, go get it.