It took me a few years but I finally learned some truths about being an artist. What? Are you asking yourself what does this have to do with you? If you are like I once was, you may be thinking, “I am not an artist. I am a coach, or I am a personal trainer, or I am a doctor.”
In the foreword of the brilliant book, The War of Art, it says:
The enemy of creativity is Resistance, the all-encompassing term for what Freud called the Death Wish.
That destructive force inside human nature that rises whenever we consider a tough, long-term course of action that might do for us or others something that’s actually good.
Our lives are made up of a series of choices between leaping into the unknown in the direction of our dreams and shrinking back into the familiar, ho-hummery of our comfort zones.
So many of us resist going for our dreams while meandering our way through something else that is far less important to us instead – ugh. No wonder it can be difficult to see yourself as being an artist.
Whether it is starting your own business, writing a book, recording an album, getting over your lousy relationship with money, moving out of a place you hate into one you love…..If you want to make this the year you knock it out of the park, here is what to do when resistance rears its ugly head (and it will): Take. Action. Anyway.
This means that you will:
- Sit down and begin writing.
- Take steps to start your own business.
- Sit on your piano bench and start playing.
- Hire a coach.
- Buy the plane ticket.
Show up for yourself every day. Before you know it, your life will be a work of art.
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