Do the work excerpts

Do the Work, by Stephen Pressfield

The following is a list of the forces arrayed against us as artists and entrepreneurs:

1. Resistance (Ie. fear, self-doubt, procrastination, addiction, distraction, timidity, ego and narcissism, self-loathing, perfectionism, etc)

2. Rational thought

3. Friends and family

The following is a list, in no particular order, of those activities that most commonly elicit Resistance:

1, The pursuit of any calling in writing, painting, music, film, dance, or any creative art, however marginal or unconventional

2. The launching of any entrepreneurial venture or enterprise, for profit or otherwise

3. Any diet or health regimen

4. Any program of spiritual advancement

5. Any course or program designed to overcome an unwholesome habit or addiction

6. Education of every kind.

7, Any act of political, moral or ethical courage, including the decision to change for the better some unworthy pattern of thought or conduct in ourselves.

8. The undertaking of any enterprise or endeavor whose aim is to help others.

9. Any act that entails commitment of the heart – the decision to get married, have a child, weather a rocky patch in a relationship

10. The taking of any principled stand in the face of adversity. In other words, any act that rejects immediate gratification in favour of long-term growth, health or integrity.

Resistance cannot be seen, heard, touched or smelled, But it can be felt. Resistance is a repelling force. It’s negative. Its aim is to shove us away, distract us, prevent us from doing our work.

*The more important a call or action is to our soul’s evolution, the more Resistance we will feel toward pursuing it.

We are wrong if we think that we`re the only ones struggling with Resistance. Everyone who has a body experiences Resistance.

Next to Resistance, rational thought is the artist or entrepreneur`s worst enemy. But things happen when we employ rational thought, because rational thought comes from the ego. Instead, we want to work from the Self, that is, from the instinct and intuition, from the unconscious.

The problem with Friends and family is that they know us as we are. They are invested in maintaining us as we are.
The Allies – the champions on our side: Stupidity, stubbornness, blind faith, passion, assistance and friends and family.
Ignorance and arrogance are the artist and entrepreneur`s indispensable allies. She must be clueless enough to have no idea how difficult her enterprise is going to be – and cocky enough to believe she can pull it off anyway. you achieve this state of mind by not allowing yourself to think over something. Don`t think – ACT. We accomplish nothing until we act.
*A child has no trouble believing the unbelievable, nor does the genius or the madman. It`s only you and I, with our big brains and our tiny hearts, who doubt and over-think and hesitate.
Once we commit to action, the worst thing we can do is stop. What will keep us from stopping, Plain old stubbornness.
excerpts from the ebook version on amazon.com

 

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terrified by freedom

Surrender is the only way to freedom, but it can be terrifying.

I had splashed in the shallows of God, had felt the refreshing spray of the ocean caress my ankles, but I’d never made it out to the depths.I could hear the deep water calling to me, inviting me to a life of adventure and joy, and I longed for it to envelop me completely. It was only steps in front of me, and yet there I stood, frozen in fear. I longed for the beauty and power of the waves and surf, but I was terrified of that unknown force that offers no guarantee of ease for those who choose to embrace the waves.

~Van Norman, Kasey. Named by God. Tyndale House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

collection of ordinary moments

“Well, that’s what life is — this collection of extraordinarily ordinary moments…

We just need to pay attention to them all. Wake up and pay attention to how beautiful it all is…If you were falling in love and you could go back in time and relive a day and see the banal things you did that you’d forgotten about, you’d weep, looking at that day. Somewhat dramatic things happen, and you don’t even always notice them — that’s what life is.

Those moments, unless you write them down or photograph them, drift off and away. They just go by.”

–  Alexander Payne, ExtraOrdinary Moments

seeking originality is a mirage

There are many reasons why it’s hard to find your creative voice – exhaustion, lack of time and self-doubt for starters – but the reason I want to dismiss today, once and for all, is the desire to be original.

Dear creative heart, please hear me: Original is a mirage. It’s a boondoggle, a red herring, a lie. It’s one of the critic’s insidious ways to turn you to stone. The critic hisses, “But your work looks just like _______. Why can’t you be more original? Maybe this creative thing is just not for you.

Instead, consider what author C.S. Lewis’ said, “Even in literature and art, no man [sic] who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.

Our creative voice takes shape each time you trust and express your truth in your work. Each time you move toward what feels true, grounded, real, honest for you in the moment of creating.

That’s your job as a creative. Express truth.

You already know how to do this; it’s why you choose one angle over another or dinker with a phrase until it “feels” right.

First and foremost, be an artist of self-compassion. The reason why so many people are afraid to create is they know how hard it is. You will spend a lot of time being frustrated. Don’t add beating yourself up. If you do, you will lose the connection to your voice.

Get used to living in the “gap” between what you want to create and what actually comes out. This gap is where artists live. Learn to love it.

Swap True for original, Jen Louden

moments in the middle

All of those things happened to me, but none of them define me. They are the ups and downs, but they aren’t the true essence of my life.

The highs and lows were events that happened. They may have even shaped the person I am today in someway, but the moments in the middle are what make my heart sing and ache. I relish those moments as each day unfolds.

Your life is not defined by jobs, degrees, or number of Facebook friends. The daily occurrences that thread together to create a lovely life are what it’s all about. They are the memories that cross your mind and the stories you share.

When you stop trying to plan the future and fix the past, you can unravel from your fairly tales and heartbreaks. Instead of measuring yourself and your life by what you’ve accomplished, measure by the smiles and tears. Instead of worrying what is still left to do, make popsicles, revel in summer evenings, create something beautiful, make someone smile and get caught up in the moments in the middle.

The Real Meaning of Life, Courtney Carver

Projecting into the silence

What do you project into the silence?

It is so tempting to project our own story into the silence. Isn’t it interesting that we often project the most painful scenario? The one that hurts us and diminishes us the most?

Your woundedness can creep up at unlikely moments. For me, something as minor as someone being irritated with me can send me into a really dark place, and fast. I am so grateful I was able to reach out this time, right in the thick of it, and get support.

This is what wisdom is — creating even the smallest bit of consciousness around our responses so that we have some room to breathe, to choose, to see things for what they are. And if we can’t do it ourselves, the most loving choice is to reach out to a friend. Someone who can nod their head and say, “Oh honey, I’ve been right where you are… It’s so painful.”

Is there anywhere in your life you are projecting into the silence? Are you making up a story about the person who hasn’t called? the friend who hasn’t emailed back? Did you go out on a limb and got left hanging? What story are you telling yourself?

= What do you project into the silence , Andrea Scher