I just finished reading The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. It’s 1:00AM on a Tuesday, and I feel a lot of resistance while writing this.
I rather be sleeping right now than writing.
It’s the beginning of the week and I have to be up early tomorrow.
So the question is, why am I even writing?
You see, when I was growing up, I had an uncle who spent quite a bit of time with us.
He was fun to be around, he always made us laugh, but there was something about spending a lot of time with him that made me feel unmotivated.
He always talked about the life he would have had if things had worked out for him.
If only he had more money, if only he could marry that woman, if only he could start that business.
There were too many if’s in his life and hearing his bullshit made me feel sick inside.
I always wondered, why didn’t he just do the things he wanted to do in life?
I recently got a chance to spend some time with him and our conversation was very similar to the conversations we had when I was growing up. If only life had been nicer to him, he would have accomplished so much more. Right?
See, just like my uncle, there are many people with unrealized dreams. Most of them will take their dreams to the graveyard with them. That really is the truth.
Steven Pressfield, the author of The War of Art says:
“Remember the rule of thumb: The more scared you are of a work or calling, the more sure you can be that you have to do it.”
Let me ask you something — what dreams are you not pursuing in your life because you feel resistance right now?
Do you know that when people are diagnosed with a terminal illness, cancer for example, a profound shift takes place in their psyche? Within a fraction of a second, they realize all the things that matter the most in their life.
They suddenly want to accomplish all their dreams. Why do we need to be staring at death in the face for us to realize what’s most important to us? That’s plain crazy.
Some of you watching this video might want to start a business, or travel the world, or marry the person of your dreams. You’re being held back because of resistance. In your heart, you know what you need to do, you need to take that first step. Don’t allow resistance to deceive you. Don’t allow it to rob you of your peace of mind by not going after the things that are most important to you.
If you believe what resistance is telling you, then you deserve everything you will get.
And what you will get is a whole lot of regret.
But if you understand that resistance is a liar, and is just trying to keep you from the things you really want to accomplish in life, you will suddenly enter into a world where you are driven by your dreams and not by fear.
You will be unstoppable.
I read a quote the other day that said:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.”
I challenge you to take the first step today. Whatever it is that you want to accomplish. Do you want to be an entrepreneur? an artist? a writer? a musician? Whatever you want to do, take that first step today. Right now.
Fight resistance, quit mediocrity and take control of your life, and I promise you that your life will never be the same.