do the work - Steven Pressfield



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Steven Pressfield - do the work


What exactly is this monster? The following few chapters from

The War of Art will bring us up to speed:

Resistance’s Greatest Hits

The following is a list, in no particular order, of those activities

that most commonly elicit Resistance:

1. The pursuit of any calling in writing, painting, music, film, dance, or any creative art, however marginal or unconventional.

2. The launching of any entrepreneurial venture or enterprise, for profit or otherwise.

3. Any diet or health regimen.

4. Any program of spiritual advancement.

5. Any activity whose aim is the acquisition of chiseled abdominals.

6. Any course or program designed to overcome an unwholesome habit or addiction.

7. Education of every kind.

8. Any act of political, moral, or ethical courage, including the decision to change for the better some unworthy pattern of thought or conduct in ourselves.

9. The undertaking of any enterprise or endeavor whose aim is to help others.

10. Any act that entails commitment of the heart—the decision to get married, to have a child, to weather a rocky patch in a relationship.

11. The taking of any principled stand in the face of adversity.

In other words, any act that rejects immediate gratification in favor of long-term growth, health, or integrity.

Or, expressed another way, any act that derives from our higher nature instead of our lower. Any of these acts will elicit.


Now: what are the characteristics of Resistance?


Resistance Is Invisible

Resistance cannot be seen, heard, touched, or smelled. But it can be felt. We experience it as an energy field radiating from a work-in-potential.

Resistance is a repelling force. It’s negative. Its aim is to shove us away, distract us, prevent us from doing our work.

Resistance Is Insidious

Resistance will tell you anything to keep you from doing your work. It will perjure, fabricate, falsify; seduce, bully, cajole.

Resistance is protean. It will assume any form, if that’s what it takes to deceive you.

Resistance will reason with you like a lawyer or jam a ninemillimeter in your face like a stickup man.

Resistance has no conscience. It will pledge anything to get a

deal, then double-cross you as soon as your back is turned. If

you take Resistance at its word, you deserve everything you get.

Resistance is always lying and

always full of shit.

Resistance Is Impersonal

Resistance is not out to get you personally. It doesn’t know who

you are and doesn’t care. Resistance is a force of nature. It acts


Though it feels malevolent,

Resistance in fact operates with

the indifference of rain and

transits the heavens by the same

laws as stars. When we marshal

our forces to combat Resistance,

we must remember this.


Resistance Is Infallible

Like a magnetized needle floating on a surface of oil, Resistance

will unfailingly point to true North—meaning that calling or

action it most wants to stop us from doing.

We can use this.

We can use it as a compass.

We can navigate by Resistance, letting it guide us to that calling

or purpose that we must follow before all others.

Rule of thumb: The more

important a call or action is to

our soul’s evolution, the more

Resistance we will feel toward

pursuing it.

Resistance Is Universal

We’re wrong if we think we’re the only ones struggling with

Resistance. Everyone who has a body experiences Resistance.

Resistance Never Sleeps

Henry Fonda was still throwing up before each stage performance,

even when he was seventy-five.

In other words, fear doesn’t go

away. The warrior and the artist

live by the same code of necessity,

which dictates that the battle must

be fought anew every day.

Resistance Plays for Keeps

Resistance’s goal is not to wound or disable.

Resistance aims to kill.

Its target is the epicenter of our being: our genius, our soul, the

unique and priceless gift we were put on this earth to give and

that no one else has but us. Resistance means business.

When we fight it, we are in a war to the death.


Rational Thought

Next to Resistance, rational thought is the artist or entrepreneur’s

worst enemy.

Bad things happen when we employ rational thought, because

rational thought comes from the ego.

Instead, we want to work from

the Self, that is, from instinct and

intuition, from the unconscious.

Homer began both The Iliad and The Odyssey with a prayer to

the Muse. The Greeks’ greatest poet understood that genius

did not reside within his fallible, mortal self—but came to him

instead from some source that he could neither command nor

control, only invoke.

When an artist says “Trust the soup,” she means let go of the

need to control (which we can’t do anyway) and put your faith

instead in the Source, the Mystery, the Quantum Soup.

The deeper the source we work from, the better our stuff will

be—and the more transformative it will be for us and for those

we share it with.

Friends and Family

The problem with friends and family is that they know us as we

are. They are invested in maintaining us as we are.

The last thing we want is to

remain as we are.

If you’re reading this book, it’s because you sense inside you a

second self, an unlived you.

With some exceptions (God bless them), friends and family are

the enemy of this unmanifested you, this unborn self, this future


Prepare yourself to make new

friends. They will appear, trust me


Steven Pressfield - do the work