If you’ve read Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art, you’ll recognize some of these themes.
When I decided to leave the music industry, I expected life to get easier. I was ready to convert my wasted hours on the road into fruitful hours in an office. I thought that I could start my own business, let everyone know about it, lean back and coast from there.
Needless to say, I was wrong.
I would spend the next 6 months working two full-time jobs and reaching out to every last person in my phone book. It was humbling and it was difficult, but it was necessary. This was the resistance that stood between the life I had and the life I wanted to have.
Odds are you’ve experienced or are experiencing it too:
- The entrepreneur has to endure the grueling effort of creating and building a business from nothing.
- The office innovator has to endure legions of organizational opposition in the pursuit of improving his or her work environment.
- The career changer has the difficult task of discarding years of hard work and experience for a higher calling and increased fulfillment.
- The recovering addict is actively tormented by their struggle to shed addiction to sex, drugs, alcohol, and so on.
- The aspiring artist lives in pursuit of their creative ideals to the detriment of their personal, financial, and emotional health.
- The new believer is faced with the constant battle between the struggles of her old life and the implications of her new faith.
- The church planter is at battle against spiritual opposition, community rejection, organizational concerns, and a slew of other obstacles.
- The non-profit founder is tasked with the weighty responsibility of creating an organization that changes the world for the better.
Don’t Deny It
The worst thing we could do is to deny this resistance. Sometimes, we live under the false assumption that if something is hard, then its probably not what we’re meant to be doing. Unfortunately, that is the very lie that causes us to quit as soon as the going gets tough.
Resistance only shows up when we’re doing the stuff that actually matters; when we’re overcoming problems, creating solutions, and serving others. When we’re following a calling, things can and will get very difficult. This is the resistance at work.
The elements of resistance are very real;
not to be ignored or avoided, but overcome.
Over the next few weeks, I’m going to spend a lot of time writing about what resistance is, what it isn’t, and what we can do to learn from and overcome it.
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