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Jan 09, 2019 07:59:17

Vanquishing Resistance

by @basilesamel PATRON | 224 words | 385🔥 | 433💌

Basile Samel

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I'm still in the middle of Steven Pressfield's Art of War, and I must say I love his use of the term Resistance to describe procrastination.

I agree with his message as well: to stop procrastinating, all you have to do is to sit down and do the work on a daily basis. Rely on habits instead of external motivations.

This is nothing new. You have to cultivate a work ethic. It doesn't mean you should leave rest aside. It means you have to put in some amount of work at least. Your little steps will compound eventually.

However, I don't think you can go all out unless you find your very own Muse.

A Muse is something or someone who inspires you. An authentic Why. The deep reason that pushes you no matter how hard it gets. I believe everyone has one, but not everyone decides to listen to it. When you are acting without meaning it's easy to get lost and give up.

It's always easy to find reasons not to do things. How about reasons to actually make your aspirations a reality?  The best solutions always are the simplest when you take the time to think about it.

Find your reasons. Think of the right habits. Show up every day.

Resistance is the enemy of happiness. Don't let it win.

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    @basilesamel Funny, I read WoA some time ago and the term "Resistance" stayed with me because what I thought was a sickness now had a name.
    My posts, since joining yesterday, are exactly about this.

    Like what you've done here, thanks!

    Gabriel Greco avatar Gabriel Greco | Jan 11, 2019 10:58:18
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      @gabrielgreco glad you like it :) thanks for the kind words

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jan 11, 2019 11:07:46
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    @basilesamel "all you have to do is to sit down and do the work" unless you decide to analyze the resistance... can bring you new knowledge, but it takes you away from the "world of making", into the "world of just looking". I had a thought "not much is being made there", but the very foundation of all the makings is made there, isn't it? :p

    Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Jan 09, 2019 18:46:08
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      @lucjah It's not about avoiding introspection and retrospection. Procrastinating can be a sign you're lacking purpose. But if you know exactly why you have to work, over-thinking about it is useless.

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jan 11, 2019 11:09:28
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      @basilesamel yea... ok! (and yet, the though arises, maybe there is something not right with the task, if your mind is resisting it... actually sometimes in a quite creative way, inventing various other activities ;p

      Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Jan 11, 2019 12:18:44
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    @basilesamel That's a great book! As U2 sings, "the enemy is always on resistance....so get out of your own way..." This is a great reminder.

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Jan 09, 2019 17:57:40
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      @brandonwilson I didn't know U2 sang that :P I'm up for a youtube playlist now

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jan 11, 2019 11:10:17
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    Hey @basilesamel, couldn't agree more.

    I think the great thing about Resistance is that it helps you to recognise when your brain is trying to favour short term gratification over long-term success (which we are somewhat biologically wired to do...).

    By giving these thoughts a name and making them 'the enemy' they become easier to recognise and deconstruct. Pressfield is also great at recognising the types of lies we tell ourselves in order to procrastinate. It can be quite fun and energising to think of resistance as this plotting, conniving, enemy that you have to outsmart and defeat each day.

    Keep fighting the good fight.

     avatar | Jan 09, 2019 08:08:45
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      @hwilliams Thanks Harry :) Hope you win the daily battle as well

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jan 09, 2019 12:37:37
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