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Do you know your enemy? Find out who he is. And how to beat him. Start with this tiny book on how to beat resistance


First step: identify your enemy.

If I were to ask you: who is your enemy? You might say, what do you mean? I don’t have any enemies. But you’d be wrong about that. Because even if you’re a peace-loving guy, you do have at least one enemy. And because you’re smart and creative, the foe I’m talking about is resistance. Because resistance is very clever and very good at hiding. And you might not even have noticed resistance creeping around your door. But he’s there.

So don’t wait.

Because if you don’t get him, he’ll get you. And you might be thinking that this is way overblown. But please stay with me for two more minutes. You’ll be glad you did. So let’s say you’ve been meaning to do something lately. And it could be anything, but especially if it’s something that would make you feel great, but you’re not doing it, watch for resistance. For example, exercise. Or writing, or reading. Or water polo. Whatever it is that would make you feel better, but you’re not doing it — resistance is moving silently in the background to keep you from it. But guess what? You can beat resistance. That’s right. Go on the offensive today, and beat him at his own game. How do you do it? Stop procrastinating.

To beat your enemy, start now.

Procrastination is the most common manifestation of Resistance because it’s the easiest to rationalize. We don’t tell ourselves, “I’m never going to write my symphony.” Instead we say, “I am going to write my symphony; I’m just going to start tomorrow.”

This is good advice from Steven Pressfield, in his book, The War of Art. The point is, beat resistance with persistence. Whatever it is that you want to accomplish, take a step today.  Don’t give up, and don’t wait until tomorrow. And above all — don’t try to figure it all out. You’ll only end up overwhelmed and stuck. To beat resistance, take one small step today. What one small step can you take today?

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