Kick Resistance in the Butt!

This week I read a fantastic book called "Do The Work" by Steven Pressfield. He is most famous for his novel "The Legend of Bagger Vance" and his artistic manifesto "The War of Art".  Unlike many books for artist that gently encoruage you Steven pulls no punches. 

His advice not only applies to people undertaking a creative endeavor but to anyone who has a desire to accomplish something.  Some of my favorite quotes from the book are below:

"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."

"A child has no trouble believing the unbelievable, nor does the genius or the madman. It’s only you and I, with our big brains and our tiny hearts, who doubt and overthink and hesitate. Don’t think. Act. We can always revise and revisit once we’ve acted. But we can accomplish nothing until we act"

"Our mightiest ally (our indispensable ally) is belief in something we cannot see, hear, touch, taste, or feel."

W. H. Murray said: Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too.

When an idea pops into our head and we think, “No, this is too crazy,” … that’s the idea we want.

Why does this purely instinctive, intuitive method work? Because our idea (our song, our ballet, our new Tex-Mex restaurant) is smarter than we are. Our job is not to control our idea; our job is to figure out what our idea is (and wants to be)—and then bring it into being.

Panic is good. It’s a sign that we’re growing.

A perplexed person stands before two doors. One door says HEAVEN. The other says BOOKS ABOUT HEAVEN. What makes us laugh, I suspect, is that all of us feel the pull to pick BOOKS ABOUT HEAVEN.

If you want to read the whole book, you can get the e-book for $4 here. 

Learning slowly but surely, to kick resistance in the butt, and just do it!