“I assess the power of a will by how much resistance, pain, torture it endures and knows how to turn to its advantage.”
Every day we fight a battle in a never-ending war.
We are in a daily struggle.
It starts first thing in the morning.
All day you fight.
It never lets up, so neither can you.
At night, when your willpower has been spent, it sneaks in for a sucker punch.
It holds you back. It makes you lazy. It instills fear. It inspires self-doubt.
Most of all, it makes you weaker and weaker.
Why do few people achieve greatness, while the rest feel trapped in mundane lives?
Because only a few are winning this daily battle.
The Invisible War
What happens when you think about doing something great? I mean something really great for your life. Things such as:
- Pursuing an art that satisfies your soul such as writing, music, photography, film, etc.
- Starting a business venture.
- Taking control of your health and enhancing your physique through diet and exercise.
- Breaking an old habit or addiction.
- Giving your time to help others.
- Going after the girl you really want.
- Taking a stand in the face of adversity.
What happens every time you pursue something like those examples?
Your excitement quickly turns into fear. Doubt creeps in. You start making excuses.
Ultimately, you try to rationalize why it was silly to dream such things and talk yourself out of it.
Or you just give up and try to justify it as a failure.
This is normal and it happens to all of us.
This phenomena has been studied and written about for centuries. But I think Steven Pressfield describes it beautifully in his book The War of Art. He calls this invisible force working against us Resistance.
You may have never heard of Resistance, but unfortunately you know it all too well.
What do you notice about all of those things I listed above that provoke Resistance?
They don’t provide short-term satisfaction. They are all challenging. And they all force us to make positive change and grow as a person.
Resistance wants you to favor things that are quick, easy and offer immediate satisfaction. Because Resistance is an evil force that wants you to find comfort in mediocrity.
This force wants nothing more than to see you miserable, weak and unfulfilled in life. You must prepare for war with Resistance.
To do so, you will need to learn how to recognize it when it shows its many ugly faces.
The Resistance is invisible. It is an energy field that we can’t see, but we can feel its force.
It is the enemy within. Self-sabotage.
Resistance has no moral conscious. It will take on any form that is necessary to deceive you.
There is no reasoning with Resistance. It only understands and respects one thing – power.
Like gravity and other forces of nature, Resistance is completely objective.
We experience Resistance as fear, although we don’t always recognize it in this form. Our fear feeds Resistance and allows it to grow stronger. You must master that fear to conquer Resistance.
The more important a calling, dream, vision or action is to our progress towards greatness, the stronger Resistance fights. Let it guide you. Follow Resistance and face your fears.
Resistance doesn’t take a day off and it isn’t playing games. Its goal is to kill, not wound. You must defend your life, every single day.
The most common form of Resistance is procrastination. Through its deception we tell ourselves “I’ll do it tomorrow.”, not realizing that tomorrow will never come and we have been defeated.
Resistance inspires self-medication and addiction. Endless distractions of immediate satisfaction.
Resistance makes you critical of others. Deep down you know they are winning the war and you aren’t. You play victim. This is exactly what Resistance wants.
Resistance uses our own human logic against us – through rationalization. We create logical stories in our minds to justify why our lives are the way they are.
Resistance is your worst enemy.
The good news is that Resistance can be defeated.
You’ve likely discovered this at some point in life without even realizing it. I didn’t know at the time, but I discovered how to defeat Resistance when I decided to become a DJ, despite my fear of public speaking.
It’s easy to feel hopeless in the war against Resistance. You might have found a way to take control of one area of life, but still struggle with others. Or maybe there was a time when you were living a bold life for years, but you can’t seem to find that spark anymore. That’s because Resistance attacks all areas of our lives and never takes a day off. It aims to wear you down until there is nothing left.
Once we start to conquer Resistance, we get comfortable. We start to think we have it all figured out and don’t need to try as hard anymore. But Resistance is persistent and never gives up. So neither can we.
In the next article I’m going to discuss how we can fight Resistance and win.
For now, I want you to start identifying the forms of Resistance that are most common in your life. Leave a comment below and let us know what you are battling.
Until Next Time,
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