THE WAR OF ART - 2

 

This is part 2 of my book review for The War Of Art by Steven Pressfield. It identifies the enemy—what is called Resistance with a capital “R,” i.e. fear, self-doubt, procrastination, perfectionism, all the forms of self-sabotage that stop us from doing our work and realizing our dreams.

The War Of Art is not about genius, it’s about work. We can’t control the level of talent we’ve been given. We have no control over the nature of our gift. What we can control is our self-motivation, our self-discipline, our self-validation, and our self-reinforcement. We can control how hard and how smart we work.

This is really a hand grenade disguised as a book, and will likely cause radical shifts to occur in the foundation of your life.

Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands Resistance.
— Steven Pressfield

SHOW SUMMARy

  • Introducing Steven Pressfield
  • The War Of Art
  • Professionals & Amateurs
  • How To Be Miserable
  • We’re All Pros Already
  • For The Love Of The Game
  • Aspects Of The Professional
  • A Pro Seeks Order
  • A Pro Demystifies 
  • A Pro Accepts No Excuses
  • A Pro Does Not Take Failure oR Success Personally
  • The Pro Self Validates
  • You Inc.©️
  • No Mystery
  • The Magic In Making A Start
  • The Ego & The Self
  • Fears
  • Portrait Of The Artist 
  • Final excerpts and musings 
Eternity is in love with the creations of time.
— William Blake

Someone once asked Somerset Maugham if he wrote on a schedule or only when struck by inspiration. “I write only when inspiration strikes,” he replied. “Fortunately it strikes every morning at nine o’clock sharp.” That’s a pro.

In terms of Resistance, Maugham was saying, “I despise Resistance; I will not let it faze me; I will sit down and do my work.” Maugham reckoned another, deeper truth: that by performing the mundane physical act of sitting down and starting to work, he set in motion a mysterious but infallible sequence of events that would produce inspiration, as surely as if the goddess had synchronized her watch with his.

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Look in your own heart. Unless I’m crazy, right now a still small voice is piping up, telling you as it has ten thousand times, the calling that is yours and yours alone. And unless I’m crazy, you’re no closer to taking action on it than you were yesterday or will be tomorrow. You think Resistance isn’t real? Resistance will bury you.
— Steven Pressfield

The sound track in this episode is “Wildflower” by Joe Corfield, and is provided by Chillhop Records. You can find them and listen to more of their beats through these links…

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