Yesterday I listened to a Facebook live talk between Seth Godin and Steven Pressfield. The talk was more or less centered around the new book by Seth Godin called “The Practice”, which I am currently reading and enjoying. Both Seth and Steven are authors with 20+ successful books each under their respective belts.
Despite their obvious success and capability, one of the main points in their talk was about fear, self-doubt and a feeling of failure. They both expressed how they still suffered from these feelings even up to this day despite of their success. It's amazing that these giants would say that. Steven Pressfield bundles all of these feelings into an amorphous thing called “The Resistance”.
The Resistance never goes away. Whenever we try to step out of our comfort zones, to create, to move forward, to leap, to try something new, the resistance is there pushing back. Always, regardless of age and success. A decision to explore the possibility in our lives means a decision to face the resistance.
I feel like a failure today. Interesting isn't it? I can't see my own abilities, talents and successes. I bet others can though. But I can't. I just see that I only published one course for the entire year of 2020, and the year is coming to an end. I don't even feel like working today, unsure of the point of it all, unsure if I am doing the “right” things to move myself forward. This is what is known as the resistance.
Both Seth and Steven admit that they have found no way to eliminate the resistance, but rather they have found ways to dance with it. And one of those ways is The Practice. It is the act of knowing that the resistance is there, and that all those who try to create will be pushed around by it. Then it's the decision to show up and just do the work anyway. It might be 30 mins, 1 hour, or half a day, or a whole day. Just to show up and do the work.
So that's what I am trying to do today, to do right now. I am showing up and doing the difficult deep work. The resistance wants me to waste time surfing Youtube, scrolling through Facebook, answering emails, or some other distraction. The resistance wants the easy path. But the opposite must be done despite the feelings.
One step at a time.