I read a post today by Steven Pressfield where he talked about Resistance. He mentions that Resistance is the “thing” that happens to prevent you from doing what you want to do. Whether it is writing or finishing up a college degree, this Resistance gets in the way. Sometimes it is in the form of self (self-sabotage, self-directed negative talk), people (other folks intentionally or unintentionally creating conflict or issues that get in the way), or environmental (the piece of furniture jumps out in front of you to make you bang your shin). Ok, crap happens that gets in the way, sure, I can buy that.
According to the post, he indicates that Resistance gets worse the closer that you get to a goal. So crap seems to intentionally happens to get in the way…..eh, not buying that one so much. I agree that Resistance (or whatever you choose to call it…you can see I choose to call it crap) is out there and is an issue. Who has been completely immune to negative self-directed thoughts or issues with other people? I don’t know that these issues always worsen as you near a goal though. As I see it, crap happens every day. Does getting closer to a goal really make it worse? It seems to be more of a perception issue. Is he simply more perceptive to them now that he is excited and alert to things as a result of being near the end of the goal line?
So I’m not writing this to battle wits…I need all the wits I have. Not a single wit is expendable to do battle on this topic and die on that hill. But these were just some of my initial thoughts on reading the post. Read it for yourself. You may have a different opinion.
Pressfield has written books on Resistance. I had some interest in reading them at some point, but after reading his post, I’m less inclined to dig into the books. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not citing this guy as whackadoo. Pressfield is one of my favorite bloggers on writing. He stays very positive and enjoys helping other writers and encouraging them. I will stay subscribed to his blog and read them. If you’ve seen the movie The Legend of Bagger Vance, Pressfield is the guy that wrote that book. He’s not a hack. I’m just not sure about his views in today’s post.