I’m reading a book right now, a really good book that I’d recommend to anyone, no matter your age or place in life. It’s called The War of Art and it’s kind of about becoming a better artist in your given profession, but mostly about defeating the resistance.
What is the resistance you might be asking. The resistance, as explained by Staven Pressfield, is anything that keeps us from doing the work we’re supposed to be doing.
So for me, when I sit down to write or plan a project, the resistance consists of the following things:
- Food and/or coffee
- Any www I frequent for pleasure and/or entertainment
- Thinking about anything that isn’t my work
- Twitter (again)
- My phone
- My wife
The list is not concise. I basically have to shut everything down and just spend some time inside my own head, thinking, pontificating, and writing ideas.
I’m terrible at it though, I always give in. I always find myself moseying around in the Twitter world or (and I’m so embarrassed of this) playing Angry Birds on our iPad.
The resistance is strong. What are you doing to defeat it?
Oh…and happy #royalwedding day…