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Resistance And The Sneaky Way It Can Undermine Your Productivity.

It’s been some time since I posted. This is partly due to an unauthorized attack on the website which caused google to post we were being unfriendly and could be potentially damaging to visitors computers. But mostly due to resistance.

What do I mean by “resistance”?

Let me explain. There is this small voice in our heads, (yes, we all have it and no you are not going mad) and it comes to us when we are least aware (which by default makes us most vulnerable).

It speaks what seems on the surface to be perfectly plausible and highly logical sense. But it is really bringing us to a place of comfort. A place where we settle for what we have achieved instead of meeting the full challenge and going the extra mile.

Which reminds me, I received an inspirational quote today on Facebook which read “The extra mile is the stretch of road that is never crowded” Why do you think this is?

Do you think it could be because when we get to the point of having done enough we stop? Is it because we are tired? I wonder if we all decided to go the extra mile, what opportunities we might uncover or create?

In any case, it is resistance that holds us back!

We reach a place of mind blindness. A point where the path becomes less clear and we think it must be the finish line. But really its resistance whispering ever so gently in our ear “It’s the finish line. You can stop now”.

Resistance serves to distract. It brings cheap and desirable needs into the foreground, which takes our focus away from what we should be doing. It thrives on delay tactics and revels in its ability to persuade and seduce us subtly.

It’s very, very sneaky!

Steven Pressfield’s book “The War of Art” is an exposé on the various ways resistance manifests in our lives. (I cannot recommend this book more highly. It is the kind of book I tend to read through again once in a while. I realize something fresh every time I caress its pages with my eyes.)

He points out on page 62, “Aspiring artists defeated by Resistance all share one trait. They all think like amateurs. They have not yet turned pro.” He goes on to describe the Professional as an ideal, not a role such as a doctor or lawyer.

His view is the professional plays for keeps where as the amateur plays for fun. The professional full time and the amateur part time. There is a sense of urgent earnestness to the professional. A sense that unless they are focused they are just not serious.

Turning Pro!

Resistance hates it when we turn professional. Our resolve to complete steps up a few notches and we blinker our efforts, delegating that which is not core to our mission but still necessary to the cause.

Because we are so much more focused, Resistance has to work harder to distract us. This is not to say it can’t slip through the cracks and get a foothold, it just means we are now a little more resilient to its underhanded tactics.

Awareness is the beginning of all knowledge and being aware of resistance gives us the ability to steel ourselves to the attack, no matter how subtle.

Two things:-

1.  Read Steven Pressfield’s book “The War of Art” and become acquainted with the serpent called resistance,

And,

2.  Train yourself to see the delays and seduction resistance can cause so plausibly and convincingly in your daily life.

Then watch your productivity soar!

Permanent link to this article: http://www.buzzmatics.com/2012/05/resistance-and-the-sneaky-way-it-can-undermine-your-productivity/

1 comment

  1. Konrad

    Thanks Gary for another note of encouragement and understanding for what I have been feeling and trying to understand. It has been good for me to come back here several times and re-read what you have written to get it sink in. love your work mate, I really appreciate your support and value your friend ship.

    Konrad

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