Fighting resistance

While visiting California late last year, I took a stroll down Santana Row only to find my first ever amazon store. But that’s not the point, I’d picked up this little gem called ‘The War of Art‘. Written by Steven Pressfield, possibly a read that can be finished within 3 hours. However, if you like to read it slowly and simmer into the book take longer to read it. It provides an overview into different facet’s of inner resistances and how we should combat it.

How I identified my inner resistance?

Some days, I tend to wake up at 5:30am, I consider this to be my productivity hour from 5:30 till 6:30 am where I focus on my own projects before, I get ready for work. But, like most people I enjoy my 6-7 hours. There are days I just don’t wake up at 5:30am from activities of previous day – this could include: staying late at work, then going to gym and follow that up content making or learning to code. In reality, my inner resistance would convince me of the following:

“I’ll wake up at 6:30am because it’s only one hour and I’ll snooze my alarm and in worst cases I end up waking up at 7:30am.

The reason why we hear our inner resistance is because we choose to make a choice. Instead of waking of 5:30 am, I made that choice to get another hour of sleep to wake up at 6:30 am.

I have learnt to identify different elements of resistances in my own system. This common idea has assisted me to position myself to spot and eliminate my inner resistances from my routine.

Here are few more examples of combating my inner resistance:

  1. I batch my days to focus one thing at one time. So, I don’t have an excuse to focus on multiple things. I can put all my energy on one task. I don’t give in to the idea of multitasking.
  2. I meal prep the week ahead so, I don’t waste my time cooking every day. I usually meal prep during the weekend. I have practiced this for a while and this has been useful because it has eliminated the resistance factor of eating take away on a frequent manner.
  3. I reflect on my day and I write objectives for the next day. I have removed the resistant factor of going into a day without a plan.

On a concluding note, we should remove the element of choice because it shouldn’t be optional. After all, we don’t consider it optional to brush our teeth. And, that is the reason why I choose to carry on with this blog – publishing every sunday, its not an option for me to write a post, it just needs to be done.

So guys, I highly recommend that you check out the book ‘War of Art‘.

Credit for the picture goes to Birmingham Museums Trust on Unsplash.

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I am a writer and a graduate engineer working in Leicester, UK.

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