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22 September 2011


Our enemy is not lack of preparation; it’s not the difficulty of the project, or the state of the marketplace or the emptiness of our back account.
THE ENEMY IS RESISTANCE.
The enemy of our chattering brain, which, if we give it so much as a nanosecond, will start producing excuses, alibis, transparent self-justifications and a million reasons why you can’t/shouldn’t/won’t do what we know we need to do.

So asserts Steven Pressfield in his treatise about overcoming resistance to your progress in life, and getting out of your own way. 

Why is it that at day’s end we often feel a bit numb and unfulfilled regarding the prior twelve to sixteen hours? Did we nourish our purpose? Did we listen to our mind’s cue? Did we progress toward our heart’s dream?

Pressfield is blunt, funny, introspective, honest, and exceptionally on point as he clears our path to ‘getting it done.’

From the book.
-    “The deeper the source we work from, the better our stuff will be – and the more transformative it will be for us and for those we share it with.”
-    A child has no trouble believing the unbelievable, nor does the genius or the madman. It’s only you and I, with our big brains and our tiny hearts, who doubt and overthink and hesitate. Don’t think. Act.”
-   ….the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too.  
    A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all 
    manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance 
    which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.
    W.H.Murray