I read Steven Pressfield’s War of Art faster than any other book this year. My review isn’t ready yet (next week, maybe?) but I wanted to share this snippet.
Like a magnetized needle floating on a surface of oil, Resistance will unfailingly point to true North—meaning that calling or action it most wants to stop us from doing.
We can use this. We can use it as a compass. We can navigate by Resistance, letting it guide us to that calling or action that we must follow before all others.
Rule of thumb: The more important a call or action is to our soul’s evolution, the more Resistance we will feel toward pursuing it.
Pressfield, Steven (2010-10-11). The War Of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle (p. 12). FastPencil PREMIERE. Kindle Edition.
I like this idea that once we acknowledge resistance for what it is, we can use it. There’s no getting rid of the anxiety that comes with great work, great art. But there is such a thing as using it as a tool for our team instead of its own evil desires.