Motivation 2 of 3: Do the Work! Overcome Resistance and Get Out of Your Own Way!

Do the Work (book cover)

Another master piece of motivation from Steven Pressfield, Do the Work (Overcome Resistance and Get Out of Your Own Way) is a sure way to get you in gear within a few hours.  This one is a must-listen or read in one sitting.  Steven Pressfield reads the Audible audio book version himself.  I love it because it seems like he’s talking directly and only to you!  …I usually listen during my commute to work – when I need “to get it together,” as I often say to myself…

Anyway, I digress…

Do the Work speaks to that equal but opposite force we have that attempts to hold us back when we are attempting to accomplish some amazing task.  Steven Pressfield calls this Resistance!

Pressfield says Resistance…

…is a repelling force. It’s negative. Its aim is to shove us away, distract us, prevent us from doing our work.

will reason with you like a lawyer or jam a nine-millimeter in your face like a stickup man.

…is always lying and always full of shit.

in fact operates with the indifference of rain and transits the heavens by the same laws as stars. When we marshal our forces to combat Resistance, we must remember this.

…plays for keeps.

…never sleeps.

…is universal.

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

HOWEVER, please know that just as Resistance is the shadow, its opposite—Assistance—is the sun.

Assistance is what the universe provides so that you can beat Resistance.

So, yes, please check out this book!  You will be glad you did!  …and let us know what you think in the comment section below.

Either way, just Do the Work!

Listen to an interview with Steven Pressfield as an easy introduction into it…
PS… Steven Pressfield also wrote The Legend of Baggar Vance, a book that was later turned into a hit movie starring Will Smith, Matt Damon and Charlize Theron!
Other Resources:
  1. How to Get Good at Anything in 20 Hours
  2. 7 Habits of Highly Effective Artists
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