In The War of Art author Steven Pressfield gave a name to the malicious force that opposes and interrupts creative work: the Resistance, which he defined as
an energy field radiating from a work-in-potential. It’s a repelling force. It’s negative.Its aim is to shove us away, distract us, prevent us from doing our work.
Resistance is what keeps an entrepreneur from making the cold calls he knows he has to, to get his business rolling. It’s the force that keeps an aspiring painter away from her studio, or makes a writer back off from the blank page. Resistance stops us from going to the gym, from meditating, from donating our time to a cause we believe in.
Through Seth Godin and his team’s new publishing venture The Domino Project, Pressfield has now put a sword in the hands of entrepreneurs and creative professionals in the form of a guidebook called Do the Work. Not in the strict sense a follow up to The War of Art, Do the Work is described by Pressfield as “designed to coach you through a project (a book, a ballet, a new business venture, a philanthropic enterprise) from conception to finished product, seeing it from the point of view of Resistance.” Here’s Pressfield explaining his vision for overcoming Resistance:
Do the Work is a wonderfully inspiring and encouraging guidebook for any creative venture. Pick it up @Amazon, and check out the desktop wallpaper I created based on a found poem from the text: Don’t Think. Act.