What is resistance?
Resistance appears when you do: Any act that rejects immediate gratification in favor of long-term growth, health, or integrity. Any act that derives from our higher nature instead of our lower.
So you say you'll get to that work you've been meaning to do tomorrow. You'll start working out tomorrow. You'll start writing your blog next week after finals. You'll start eating right after the holidays.
These are called rationalizations. What is a rationalization?
Rationalization: a series of plausible, rational justifications for why we shouldn’t do our work.
And according to Steven Pressfield, author of The War of Art, some of these can and may in fact be true. But the truly fulfilled person does not allow the troubles of life to get in the way of doing "the work," whatever that work may be for her.
You cannot wait for the inspiration or the free time to show up at your doorstep.
You WILL write that blog post today.
You WILL get off your ass and get into the gym today.
Don't be concerned if the post is perfect. Don't be concerned about whether or not your workout was perfect. Just go do it.
As he puts it: become a pro.
Pros show up every day prepared to do the work. Amateurs show up when they feel like it. Maybe.
Maybe they don't even show up very often, they just would "love" to have the time to learn the piano. Or have the "luxury" of working out.
Pros focus on the technique and mastering the skills of the "work" that they are doing. They don't worry about results or outcomes. Amateurs are obsessed with outcomes and forget to even do the work because they're too busy thinking about what may happen.
Take 2 minutes and see where you are letting the resistance get the best of you. I promise there are multiple areas of your life where it's happening.
Shoot, I had résistance writing writing this email.
"I'll do it later."
"I don't know what to write about."
"I should go say hi to my friend I haven't seen"
BS. All resistance.
Let's beat that resistance's ass!
I SO HIGHLY recommend The War of Art by Steven Pressfield if you haven't read it. Or get the audiobook.