I want to explore my creative urges and earn a living making art.
So why have I always convinced myself that making a living as an artist is not possible? Why did I study Communications and work hard at proving myself as a professional?
I want to meditate and practice yoga every day.
Why can’t I carve out even an hour of my day to make this a reality?
What keeps so many of us from doing what we long to do?
This is a key question that I struggle with recently.
I listen to podcasts about creativity and other artist’s experiences in order to find answers and motivation. Encouraged by the guidance in Steven Pressfield's book, The War of Art, I’m slowly learning how to overcome my resistance.
Resistance, you say? Resistance is a cruel trick the universe is playing on us. One that we must each overcome if we are to do anything important in our lives.
Resistance is that inner voice filled with doubt and procrastination.
Resistance is the fear that rises up any time there’s something really worth doing.
Resistance cripples our lives, causing illness and fatigue. This is because resistance stops our inner genius from developing. To yield to resistance deforms our spirit and makes us less than what we are born to be. Unless we recognize it and do something about it, it will hinder our growth.
Recognizing the enemy within
Sometimes, facing hardship and death gives people the drive to overcome resistance. It’s that feeling of regret when one wishes they had done something different with their life.
Creatives get this feeling when they’ve spent too many years in a job that they hate. Or when they see their idea for a book published by someone else. That pain sometimes causes enough determination to overcome resistance.
But it’s really just about recognizing the resistance when it shows its ugly face. Once you recognize it, you can push yourself through it.
The The War of Art teaches us how to overcome the obstacles of ambition before it's too late. Resistance is self generated an self perpetuated. It’s the enemy within. Learning how to ignore or control one’s own enemy is the secret to doing the work you were born to do.
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