LJILJANA w CLIFF #4.1
Today we talked a bit about not being perfect on the first try, and how that's OK.
We talked about how any piece of writing requires more than one draft.
Sometimes it needs many more than one draft.
Being aware of this takes some of the pressure off when when you sit down to write.
Once you understand that you don't have to be perfect, and in fact you can't be perfect the first time through, or the second time through, or maybe not even the fifth time through,the pressure to perform decreases and it becomes easier to write your draft.
What we didn't talk about today, and what I want to give you a little bit of information on, is a principle that I have been reading about myself the past couple of weeks.
I told you last week about the five minute rule that Stephen King uses.
That ties into this principle that a different author has written about called resistance.
King's five minute rule is a good way of conquering resistance, but I find that understanding what resistance is also helps fight it.
As defined by this author, whose name is Steven Pressfield, resistance is that force that stops you from doing anything that promotes a significant and positive change in yourself and your life.
He says that resistance will stop you from starting an entrepreneurial venture.
Resistance will be the thing that keeps you from regular exercise or cleaning up your diet.
And resistance will definitely stop you from writing.
Anyone who engages in any self improvement or self expressive activity, such as writing, will face resistance.
And here's the thing he says that is important to know: resistance.
Is something you can conquer, but you can never kill.
You can beat resistance by completing a project, by completing a book.
You can defeat resistance on a daily basis by sitting down and doing the work it doesn't want you to do.
But just because you win, on a daily basis or on a project basis, doesn't mean you banish it.
Resistance is always going to come back.
So this fight against resistance is something that you need to strap in for for life.
That's where developing a certain mindset and certain habits come from.
And I can tell you that this is something I have faced in my life.
Not only has resistance been something I need to face down every time I write, but resistance is something that I need to face every time I go into the gym.
I am nearly an addict when it comes to lifting weights.
I adore everything that lifting heavy weight has done for me.
And I enjoy the struggle of pushing my strength to the envelope and watching it expand.
And yet, at least twice a week, if not sometimes every single day on a bad week, I need to push myself to actually get changed and get in there and start hauling the iron.
I have been engaged in a very regular practice, six days a week, of heavy exercise for now six years, and I still have to face resistance every day.
So,the good news is the more you fight resistance and you win, the easier the battles become.
As long as you keep fighting them.
But the bad news is you never have to stop fighting them.
So if you can make your peace with that and know that you can absolutely win every single time,you will have an easier time sitting down and getting started every day.