Ever notice when it's time to really learn something that the "curriculum" seems to come from everywhere — out of the woodwork, on passing billboards, in a report on NPR? My last blog post, Why Not You?, was really about me asking myself that question. I'm a new writer and blogger, and I even took the moniker "career guru" when a friend so-named me. Confident, right? Nope. Now I'm wondering what in the world I was thinking. Who am I to think I can be any of those things? Then I get a few critic-bombs about my writing showing up out of the blue. I spend a full day thinking about where to hide. I consider quitting and "conveniently" then get interrupted with important family demands, a great trip (see pic above), and some really wonderful wine.
It's like the Universe is asking me whether I'm serious or not. I got the answer in a book that just "happened" across my consciousness (there are no accidents) when a blogger I follow, Michael Hyatt, wrote about 11 Situations That Commonly Elicit Resistance from The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield.
I downloaded the book on my Kindle, and it's incredible. It's basically a "put up or shut up" easy read, or as Esquire's quote on the cover says, "A vital gem . . . a kick in the ass."
I don't have enough space to share all of my Kindle underlining, but here are a few quotes:
"Henry Fonda was still throwing up before each stage performance, even when he was seventy-five. In other words, fear doesn't go away. The warrior and the artist live by the same code of necessity, which dictates that the battle must be fought anew every day."
"Rule of thumb: The more important a call or action is to our soul's evolution, the more Resistance we will feel toward pursuing it."
"If tomorrow morning by some stroke of magic every dazed and benighted soul woke up with the power to take the first step toward pursuing his or her dreams, every shrink in the directory would be out of business. Prisons would stand empty." [MM: Love my shrink friends, and the reason I promote therapy is that they help when it comes to unloading baggage and taking risks.]
"Creating soap operas in our lives is a symptom of Resistance . . . nobody gets a damn thing done." [MM: Been there!]
and my favorite:
"Never forget: This very moment we can change our lives. There never was a moment and never will be when we are without he power to alter our destiny. This second we can turn the tables on Resistance. This second, we can sit down and do our work."
That last sentence was one of the reasons you got a post today from the most beautiful city in the world. Chop wood. Carry water.