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Overcoming Resistance

“The amateur believes he must first overcome his fear; then he can do his work. The professional knows that fear can never be overcome.”

-Steven Pressfield, The War of Art

Imagine if Bilbo never left the shire, Or Luke Skywalker never went to the Death Star

Imagine that before they left the door, They talked themselves out of going, They made up excuses like ‘I forgot my handkerchief’, Or ‘I’m supposed to stay here and help on the farm’

The movies that we know and love would be incredibly short and our beloved heroes would just be Hobbits and Farmers.

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Blank paper

Blank paper

A blank page is the worst thing for an artist

Just staring at it knowing the work has not been done

Knowing resistance has won

On the contrary though a blank piece of paper is also an empty space for opportunity to be unravelled

Unlimited opportunity for creativity

But first the artist must overcome resistance and put pen to pad

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Ship It

Ship It

Ship It was a term used in Seth Godin’s Linchpin book.

It means stop waiting for everything to be perfect, stop trying to connect all the dots and just launch your product. Just publish your blog, Show your art.

It doesn’t matter if its 80% complete or not, Just ship it.

Otherwise, we never will.

Because perfect doesn’t exist, so we’ll always be editing.

So just ship it… Now

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Thank you for exposing me

Thank you for exposing me

2020 as we know wasn’t the best year…

I had some ups and downs but funny enough I got to travel more in 2020 than I have any other year

Most of us are glad to see the end of it,

But after some reflection
I’m grateful that it happened

It exposed me
It left me vulnerable
And I know that I’m not as strong as I thought I was…

It’s easy to be resistant in easy times
It’s easy to have a positive mind in good times

But we never truly know what we are made of until the shit turns sideways

I know I have work to do.

Thank you 2020.

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Tomorrow

Putting off till tomorrow, what should have been done two days ago

That’s procrastination.
That’s waiting time…
No wait that’s wasting life.

But its what we’re all experts at.
The resistance is deep within us all
It crops up when we least need it to.

Its cropped up thousands of times already today and it will pop up thousands of times again tomorrow.

It’s an enemy that will never be defeated, but it can be weakened by doing what you said you was going today.