A little over two weeks ago, I wrote:
Truth is if you’re regularly drawn to a goal, dream, or idea and yet every time you pursue it, you’re hit with massive amounts of resistance, it’s time to dig in and resist the resistance.
And here I sit with writers block and massive resistance.
It’s 1:07am on day 16 of my 31 day blog challenge…and I have writers block.
I should be in bed…but I have writers block.
Jeff Goins happened to post about writers block today. He said the way to overcome it is simple:
Then I noticed the following statement he wrote in the same post:
For me, it works almost every time.
There it is…almost every time.
What happens when writing something doesn’t work?
But it did. (thanks Jeff)
The only difference between the words on this page and the war in my head is the pursuit of perfectionism and the resistance telling me to go to bed and try again tomorrow.
Steven Pressfield explains:
The resistance is that little voice in the back of your head, the one that tells you that it will never work, the one that insists you check your email one last time, the one that worries that people will laugh at you.
Seth Godin further explains how it must be beat:
When the resistance appears, you must call it out. Call it by name. Recognize it for what it is and then defeat it. You will defeat it not by rationalization or even a calm discussion. You will defeat it with single-minded effort, effort so deep and dedicated that it might exhaust you.
Hitting publish on this post will publicly display work that is far from my finest. Yet, I will rest knowing that I beat the resistance and I hit publish anyway.