Resistance

I reread Seth Godin’s post on the resistance and the lizard brain last night as it reminded me that things get more rough the closer you get to your goal:

The resistance grows in strength as we get closer to shipping, as we get closer to an insight, as we get closer to the truth of what we really want. That’s because the lizard hates change and achievement and risk.

I’ve also been a long-time fan of Steven Pressfield, ever since one of my friends handed me The War of Art, which is a must-read for any entrepreneur, creator, and especially writer.

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There are far too many quotes from that book that are worth repeating – in fact, it would be as if I just repeated the book! But the point is that you must find a way to “quiet” the lizard brain inside of you, find a way to push through the resistance, whatever it might be, and tell it to eff off.

Your projects, your goals, your dreams are worth fighting for. It will get more rough and more challenging the closer you come to the end. You’ve always wanted that movie-like experience, that fairy tale ending, right? But without the resistance, the increase of drama and hardship, then the hollywood moment would not actually be that hollywood moment now would it?

Great stories are born through tough decisions and engaging with mind-bending odds. Do you want a mediocre story or a great one? Finish strong. Finish the race well.

And finally, the resistance isn’t a man or a woman, it’s not your boss or a deadline, it’s not some evil bad guy trying to keep you from your goals, the resistance is internal, something inside your gut that tells you to quit.

It’s a deeply personal battle but it’s one that you must win.