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096. Sleeping with the Enemy - Book of the Week: the War of Art by Steven Pressfield

Released Monday, 7th December 2020
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"Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands the Resistance." 

Your worst enemy isn't who you think it is.

The enemy that does the most damage is the one inside your head that you lay down every night with and wake up to every morning. 

If there's something you've been putting off - writing a book, a meditation practice, training for a marathon, getting back on the dating scene, starting a business, sharing your experiences and opinions more on social media, moving, a bedtime routine that could help you sleep better - you've most likely encountered what Steven Pressfield calls the Resistance. 

It can't be seen, heard, or touched, but it can be felt. 

It takes form as procrastination, fear, drama, excuses, victimhood, self-doubt, unhappiness, even love, logic, and healing. It's anything that stands between you and the person you are capable of becoming. 

It's self-sabotage and sabotage by others who may even care for and love you, but are dealing with their own Resistance. 

It's something that has to be managed every day. It never goes away. 

And it's not always so obvious. Instead of encouraging you to never start, it will whisper that you're going to do it - starting tomorrow. 

So the best way to combat Resistance is to start. As messy, imperfect, uninspired, and not ready as it might be - start anyway. Because otherwise you're cheating the world of your contribution and gift to the world.

Inside the Book of the Week, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battle, you'll find 15 other ways to move through the Resistance so that whatever idea that's has been growing inside of you - the one (or more than one!) you've most likely been shoving down because it doesn't make sense or it's not the right time or you're not the one to do it - can finally be brought into existence for your own sake and for the benefit of the world around you. 

Is this thing you've been thinking about (for week, months or maybe years!) what you were meant to do and be? The only way to find out it to sit down and do it. 

I hope this week's BOTW inspires you to go out and not only add this one to your shelf, but to take that feeling seriously that's telling you to do or be something more. You don't have to knock it out of the park on your first try, or 10th try. The only thing that matters is that you sit down, put your time in, and give it all you've got. xoxo

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