Resistance And Why It’s Killing You

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The War Of Art Book CoverIn my previous article, 2 Things I Learned From Tupac, I recommended you read The War of Art.

I understand how busy you might be as an up-and-coming artist so I wrote a short summary for you.

If this summary adds value to you and your life don’t forget to let me know in the comments below the summary.

The book is broken down into three smaller books so I will break it down for you in the same way.

Book One
Resistance: Defining the Enemy

Resistance cannot be seen, touched, heard, or smelled. But it can be felt. We experience it as an energy field radiating from a work-in-potential. it’s a repelling force. It’s negative. Its aim is to shove us away, distract us, prevent us from doing our work.

Anytime you try to advance in life, pursue a passion or accomplish anything meaningful resistance will be there to stop you from doing so. And the more important it is to you or the closer you get to your goal the more Resistance you will feel.

Resistance will take many forms, here are 3 examples…

1.
Let’s say you overcome your own Resistance and you get to work, those around you will start to act strange and accuse you of “changing.” The closer they are to you the more emotion they will bring to the table.

Just understand that they too are dealing with their own Resistance and don’t understand how you are beating yours.

2.
Procrastination… The most common form of Resistance and the easiest to rationalize.

Beware of allowing procrastination to become a habit, you will end up putting off your passion until the day you die.

You can change your life right now. 

3.
Trouble is a cheap way to get attention but the working artist knows that it’s just going to prevent him from doing his work.

The same can be said for drama.

Resistance can be beaten.

Book Two
Combating Resistance: Turning Pro

The artist committing himself to his calling has volunteered himself to hell, weather 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.

inspirationThe professional is patient but she does not wait for inspiration, she acts in anticipation of it. Learn to have respect for inspiration, practice on your technique and believe that the rest will show itself to you.

Act in the face of fear. There is no such thing as a dread-free artist, so don’t wait to overcome it, take action and fear will fade into the background.

The author, Steven Pressfield, explains that,  “The battle is inside our own heads.”  

So as a professional don’t accept any excuses. 

You go to your nine-to-five with the flu right? You put in the hours? Deal with people you may not like? Get your work done no matter what? Why don’t you treat your passion with the same amount of dedication?

Book Three
Beyond Resistance: The Higher Realm

When we sit down each day and do our work, power concentrates around us. The Muse takes note of our dedication. She approves. We have earned favor in her sight. When we sit down and work, we become like a magnetized rod that attracts iron fillings. Ideas come. Insights accrete.

I started this habit after reading the book…

I don’t know what you believe in but every time I sit down to do my work I first do a “thank you session” to the universe, energy, unseen forces etc… which give me my greatest inspiration. You can call it a prayer to god, whatever it is I think it’s a humble thing to do.

We Fear Success

We fear becoming “the person we sense in our hearts we truly are.” It’s terrifying for us to discover that we are more than what we think we are. More than anyone thinks we are.

We think we will lose friends and family but the beauty of it is that we will find new better ones and we will be better to them as well. 

Write what is in your heart and what is true to you, not what you think your audience wants. And remember that whatever work you put in you will get back in equal amounts.

You are a warrior and your “creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention… It’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. give us what you’ve got.”

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