A Look Into The War Of Art by Steve Pressfield

There is a negative force that arises between taking the ideas we have in our head and putting it to paper. Best selling author Steve Pressfield calls it, the Resistance.

As creatives or anyone pursing a new venture knows, we will do almost everything else before we actually do what we must:

“OMG, the dishes aren’t washed, I can’t focus without doing them first. “
“I don’t like the way the house is, I have to rearrange it. Only then can I start writing.”

Writers will do anything but write. Painters will do everything but paint. There is some excuse we can conjure within ourselves that gives us reason to not do it.

So Why Do We Face So Much Resistance?

“You know, Hitler wanted to be an artist. At eighteen he took his inheritance, seven hundred kronen, and moved to Vienna to live and study… Ever see one of his paintings? Neither have I. Resistance beat him. Call it overstatement but I’ll say it anyway: it was easier for Hitler to start World War II than it was for him to face a blank square of canvas.”-The War Of Art

Steve Pressfield says that you face resistance when going from a low level plane to a higher one. It is universal to everyone, infallible, and acts objectively.

The more important a call or action is to our souls evolution, the more resistance we will feel torwards pursuing it.

As the paradox goes: What brings you the most fear, is the thing you most likely must do.

How To Combat Resistance: Turning Pro

“The warrior and the artist follow the same code: the battle must be fought anew each day” –The War of Art

Our success as artists comes down to sitting down and just doing the work. Here are practical tips to takeaway

  1. Learn To Love Miserable– When you choose to sign up to do what you love you will face failure, rejection, self-doubt, despair, ridicule, and the list goes on and on. The artist must learn to love it, as he will be in it for most of the time.
  2. We Already Experience it– We go to our 9 to 5 jobs because we have to. Doesn’t matter if we are hungover, or sick we still get ready each morning to take that trek because we must.

A lot of successful people will say, inspiration had nothing to do with their success. A lot of it had to do with just doing it.

Success is 1%inspiration and 99% Perspiration.

Why is it so important?

In the end, the artist must be a warrior to their art for the sake of a greater purpose.

“It may help to think of it this way. If you were meant to cure cancer or write a symphony or crack cold fusion and you don’t do it, you not only hurt yourself, even destroy yourself. You hurt your children. You hurt me. You hurt the planet…

…Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor. It’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got.” –The War of Art

Check it out

It is definitely a great read, and for me I use it as a guide. So far it is one of the most practical books that I can hold onto when I don’t wanna write or do videos.

I wanted to share this because true contribution is not rainbows and sunshine. It is nitty gritty frickin work. Something that I’m learning to accept and still a constant struggle for me.

I hope you enjoyed this post. you can purchase the book by clicking here. As an FYI, I do not get any commision from your purchase, it is just something I wanted share.

I’ll see you beauties next time.





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