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Steven Pressfield on Resistance

What I learned from Steven Pressfield about Resistance

Welcome to Make Daily! This email contains an idea, reflection, and a simple action you can take on your work today.

Idea 💡

“Are you paralyzed with fear? That’s a good sign. Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do. Remember one rule of thumb: the more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.” ― Steven Pressfield

Reflection 🤔

Steven Pressfield famously wrote about ‘The Resistance’ in his book The War of Art.

“The more important a call or action to our soul’s evolution, the more Resistance we will feel toward pursuing it.”

You know the feeling. When the project you’ve been dreaming of feels too heavy to start. What if it fails? What if no one cares? What if I can’t do it? Self-doubt tends to show up in the most important moments.

This is a signal. The more fear you have for something, the more certain you can be that it’s what you need to take action on.

But where does this fear come from? How can you overcome it?

Action ✅

Don’t let anyone fool you - taking action on your dreams is really freaking scary. While the fear might not go away entirely, there are 3 ideas you use to help you overcome it.

  • Real is better than Perfect
  • A Little Something is better than a Big Nothing
  • Your participation is better than your absence

Prompt: Where do you feel the resistance today? Take one step to overcome it.

Deeper Dive 🌊

Every creator everywhere should read The War of Art. If you’ve already read it, read it again. I promise you’ll not regret it.

About the creator 👤

Steven Pressfield is an American author of historical fiction, non-fiction, and screenplays.


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Alex