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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Finally, words are beginning to
appear on this blank sheet of paper.
It appears that the tide has turned
and I am now starting to win this
battle. I have been embroiled in an
epic struggle against a force, which
until a few moments ago had proven
to be stronger than me.
Is it too far-fetched to imagine that
there may be some sort a force that
acts upon a seed to make it decide to
sprout, or is responsible for our
moments of inspiration and creative
When we are passionately inspired
it feels as though we are being pro-
pelled to meet our unique destiny by
a force of limitless energy. If such a
creative force exists, then I am in a
spiritual battle with its insidious oppo-
site. My foe is the force that acts
against us to prevent us from creating
and doing that which we know is in
our best interest to do.
This dangerous force destroys our
creative inspiration. It drives us to
seek the easy way out, to procrastinate,
or to do something else instead. I
believe it to be responsible for writer s
I am gaining momentum now, I can
feel it. Ideas are beginning to flash
and the words with which to express
them are starting to flow.
The creative force within me is
growing stronger as my will overpow-
ers its opposite. Perhaps these two
forces are both polar opposite
extremes of the same one thing, much
in the same way that hot and cold are
both varying degrees of temperature,
and I am now beginning to warm up.
Whatever it is, this battle lies at the
threshold between potential and kinet-
ic energy; between regret and satis-
We are literally fighting this force
for our lives. It stands in the way of
our hopes and dreams. It s the dif-
ference between the life we are living
and the life we want to live.
I can think of no worse feeling than
the regret of inaction. That is the feel-
ing of defeat: I hate it. I hate to lose,
especially in a fight for my future. I
am a warrior!
The first step to winning this war
is defining the enemy. Steven Press-
field, in his inspirational book that
you should read called The War of
Art names this anti-creative, anti-
action force "resistance".
According to Pressfield "resistance
can t be seen, touched, heard or smelt,
but it can be felt. We experience it as
an energy field emanating from a
working potential, it s a repelling force,
it is negative, its aim is to shove us
away, to distract us and prevent us
from doing our work."
Resistance would have us think that
it arises externally from circumstances
and events beyond our control, when
in fact it arises internally, we are the
source of our resistance. Resistance
is really the enemy within.
In this war, rationalisation is one
of resistance s most dangerous
weapons. It uses our own intellect
against us. We are very good at making
excuses and coming up with believable
reasons to justify them. This often
takes the form of procrastination.
How often have we told ourselves
"It s going to be ok, I will still do it,
just going to start tomorrow instead".
If it was not for deadlines then some
of us would never beat resistance and
get anything done.
Pressfield explains that the enemy,
resistance, can not be reasoned with,
and that it understands nothing but
As we approach the attainment of
our goal or completion of our task,
it s as though the resistance within
us senses from our confidence that it
is about to be defeated and so makes
one final, desperate surprise counter-
attack to derail us just as we are
The very act of writing this encour-
ages me to resist the temptation assail-
ing me to get up and take a break,
and so I stay at my post and continue
to fight on.
If we are not prepared and aware
of the resistance at this crucial junc-
ture we will be defeated.
I believe resistance is as real as a
force as gravity.
I can feel it, I know this old familiar
foe well and with each battle won, I
gain insight into how to better van-
quish it the next time. I get out of
bed ready for war and don t stop fight-
ing resistance for progress until I go
to sleep again.
In this war for our lives, our greatest
weapon is awareness. By realising that
we are beginning to be attacked and
moved further away from the creative
action taking end of the spectrum,
the better we can be at fighting back.
Right now, at the end of this sen-
tence you have the opportunity to
turn the tide and strike a crippling
blow to this foe by ending the excuses,
the procrastination, the delaying and
start creating, doing and living. Attack!
Check out George in-between
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