Resistance Against The Work

You are struggling to get the work done. The work that moves you one step closer to your goal of writing that book, or building that mobile application, or starting that company. It’s not that you are uninspired by the work, it’s quite the opposite; the work is your purpose.

But when you are about to put pen to paper, without fail, you procrastinate. There is always something seemingly more important than doing the work -- cleaning the house, paying the bill, researching the topic again or tell yourself “today I am too busy I will start tomorrow.”

Does that sound familiar to you? It does to me.

Author Steven Pressfield calls this insidious force of nature, Resistance.

In the authors own words, “Resistance is the most toxic force on the planet. It is the root of more unhappiness than poverty, disease, and erectile dysfunction. To yield to Resistance deforms our spirit. It stunts us and makes us less than we are and were born to be. If you believe in God (and I do), you must declare Resistance evil, for it prevents us from achieving the life God intended when He endowed each of us with our own unique genius.”

So how is Resistance defeated? Unfortunately, it cannot be defeated. Beaten. Or demoralized. Resistance is an ever present construct.

But you can learn to dance with the Resistance. You can listen to the arguments Resistance will employee, and allow them to have little effect on the work. If you are unable to master Resistance, then you are destined to live a life plagued with regret.