It’s 2010 and somehow January slipped by in a speed, and in a series of events that left me a negligent blogger. I feel like I’ve left a love one unattended for just way too long.
So.. it’s February 1st and I’m not waiting any longer for the right moment, the inspiration, and the long comfortable stretches of time that will, of course, make me write a brilliant blog post. Ha! What am I thinking???
According to so many, I just need to show up, and take action.
This is me taking action.
In the “theme” of just doing it, I’d like to share another book with you called “The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Creative Inner Battles” by Steven Pressfield. In his book, Pressfield discusses all the ways we resist practicing our art, and what to do about it. I squirmed as I recognized myself in many of the varieties of resistance (from procrastination to fantasies to assorted vices to plain old fear).
If you’re unsure of your styles of resistance, this book will define them for you, and give you the kick in the pants we all need from time to time.
“The War of Art” is an easy read in one way, and also very challenging as it pushes you up against a mirror. Time for another re-read for me!
What are some of the ways you dare to admit that you cleverly deviate from producing your art or following your calling?
I’m glad I’ve broken the spell of not showing up here, and I boldly wish you all a Happy, Healthy, and Creative 2010, even though it is already February 1st!
Treat yourself to “The War of Art” at my favourite bookstore, Biz Books, in Vancouver, now online!
7 thoughts on “The War of Art…battling resistance”
I tend to just get lazy. Also 6 kids sometimes has something to do with it. I have lots of great ideas but perhaps lack the stamina and endurance to follow through.
Thanks for the book recommendation. My excuse? Well, I tend to convince myself that I don’t have enough time – when it’s probably more a case of making time for my writing.
I think it is a matter of having something important enough that you want to say – the small stuff tends to fall away, and what’s important becomes very clear.
Thank you for your comments. I love to hear what others think of this subject of “resistance” and how we overcome, and move into action.
This is a running theme for me! I fall in to the “not enough time” trap a lot, or think I’ll be able to get something done in another time slot, only to find I’ve put off too many things to tomorrow…
Very thoughtful post, Trilby! Finding joy and saying YES to our endeavor or saying No to our distraction takes a lot of effort.
Thanks Mary, Zohar for your comments, too… I think so many of us get distracted from our path, for some reason or another. This book, “The Art of War” seems to illuminate areas we might not perceive as distraction, and remind us to just get on with it! 🙂