Need for Resistance

Need for Resistance

Need for Resistance

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I recently picked up “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield again and have began waging war to win my inner creative battle. If you are a creative, dreamer, entrepreneur, or leader, you NEED to read this work. It will challenge you deeply, encourage you greatly, and strike deep chords with your heart.

That aside, I have been experiencing a lot of resistance lately as I pursue what I truly believe I have been created to do.  I have seemed to hit wall after wall.  If there is a rock in my path, I have stubbed my toe on it.  Lots of resistance.  I read this thought from Pressfield:

“Resistance is directly proportional to love. If you’re feeling massive resistance, the good news is, it means there’s tremendous love there too. If you didn’t love the project that is terrifying you, you wouldn’t feel anything. The opposite of love isn’t hate; it’s indifference.

The more resistance you experience, the more important your unmanifested art/project/enterprise is to you – and the more gratification you will feel when you finally do it.”

Personally, I have faced physical resistance from circumstances, time constraints, and mere coincidence.  I have emotional resistance in the forms of doubt, fear, anxiety, and insecurity in my ideas, in my art, and in my abilities.  I have experienced incredible spiritual resistance.  Everywhere I turn, resistance is prowling, at times in the shadows and, at others, staring me right in the face.

Tonight, I remind myself and those of you who wrestle with it as I do, that resistance is necessary.  It is a clue to you that what you are chasing is indeed worth it.  It will change the world around you.  It has incredible value.  Your vision is revolutionary.  Resolve yourself to this:

Stare resistance in the face.

Believe.

Press on.

Celebrate victory.

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Christ follower . husband . father . strategic leader . ENTP . photographer . humanitarian . creative . writer . collaborator . lover of people . dreamer of the day . seeker of social justice . coffee snob

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Christ follower . husband . father . strategic leader . ENTP . humanitarian . collaborator . creative . writer . photographer . lover of people . dreamer of the day . seeker of justice . coffee snob

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