“The more important a call or action is
to our soul’s evolution,
the more Resistance we will feel toward pursuing it.”
–Steven Pressfield (from his book, DO THE WORK)
We all do it, no matter if we’re on our journey to realizing our writing dream or we’ve achieved some measure of success on that journey. We all face RESISTANCE. It’s another form of fear (remember those Doubt Demons?), and it can lead us astray.
Resistance is a tricky demon. It comes in many forms and flavors. Each of us has to be open to knowing when resistance is keeping us from our dream.
I’m guessing that most who read my blog are writers and you’ve made writing your dream. Writing is your passion. (If it’s not, you need to know what your dream is in order to overcome any resistance. Pressfield suggests that the one that you should choose to pursue is the one that “scares you the most.”)
Resistance is also explored in THE ARTIST’S WAY by Julia Cameron (in Week 8: Recovering a Sense of Strength). She talks about the ways we avoid our creative endeavors, such as:
- I’m too old to do this.
- What would I accomplish?
- I’m too busy.
- There are other things I should be doing first that are more important.
- I have to do many other things to get ready to follow this dream.
Once you recognize the “resistance talk” that is stopping you, you can take corrective action to overcome this.
Think baby steps. Think daily, small actions and goals that you can do to move you beyond the resistance talk.
Think small in order to achieve big. Show up EVERY DAY to get your writing done.
Rely on the help and support of your writing group and writing buddy. Get support for your dream wherever you can find it. (If you have negativity in one place, leave it behind and drift to the positive side and positive people.)
Maybe you need a mentor and a formal class to keep you motivated and moving forward.
Once you’ve formally stated and defined your dream, think about it from inside that dream. Think of the question within your writing dream: Of all the things that you might do with your writing, what’s the one that scares you the most? (This gives you another clue about the focus of your writing journey.)
Go forth! Show the “resistance talk” a thing or two!
DO THE WORK by Steven Pressfield, author of THE WAR OF ART, is available for the Kindle at Amazon. Currently this book is FREE! Don’t delay in getting and reading your copy. If you don’t have a Kindle, download the free software to read the book on your computer or other device.
Challenge for today: What is your dream? What is your “inside the dream” dream?