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It’s not the art you create or the music you write or the business you run—you’re really good at all that. It’s the “resistance” to actually “starting” the next project. Unfortunately the beast of resistance is so sly he can convince even the most committed artists and entrepreneurs to avoid “starting” just a little while longer:
|Posted By Alan Vochec|
| resistance |
hehehe...sometimes I feel myself even resisting to read your blog Michael.....cause I just KNOW you`ll kick my ass....LOL Thanx again. :-)
|Posted By joe|
| exactly! |
sorry no time to comment.. got to start my next project! :-)
|Posted By Missy Burton|
| The Beast |
The Beast of Resistance has been living rent free in my head for some time now. I think its time to serve him with an eviction notice.
|Posted By chris reccardi|
| amen |
nothing to add here....too true. Resistance is my daily battle, not the incredibly challenging work I do. I know once I begin the work, a Higher Power takes over. But once I stop to fiddle with the mundane---another power takes over....which reminds me, time to get back to work!
|Posted By J.G. Boccella|
| Warrior... |
Today I'm a Warrior..."lost in my dance." Thanks for this, Michael. It helps so much to hear someone articulate just how fundamentally universal this phenomenon is. “Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” --Goethe
|Posted By Em|
| Resistance is useless |
Totally -it's a challenge every day - it's tempting to always dwell in the unmanifest possibilites where you *could* do anything, but you really have to do *something* to make anything happen. That's something you never seem to fully learn and always have to be reminded about. So thanks. Although I'm actually in a period of doing right now, but it always helps.
|Posted By Tomas Reinerson|
| Thanx |
I truly needed to read that. :)
|Posted By Jason Hinze|
| let it move... |
A good friend in during an uninspired creative time said to me 'sometimes you just have to let the pen move, let it decide what it wants to write, just keep it moving' for me, this helps me to sit and just create without and end goal, creation in its purist form is without a goal, simply inspired...
|Posted By Tricia|
| above |
For me, it is the anticipation that I don't have all the pieces in place to accomplish the mission,that I may not know how to find the pieces or how to put it all together once I do have the pieces. It becomes an exercise in frustration and wall hitting.
|Posted By Pamela|
| Start Here |
Activity vs Action - I try to remind myself of this. The busy work can make one feel accomplished but have we really moved forward at the end of the day? Taking ACTION, with deliberate focus & practice propels us - on so many levels. That said, scanning the emails brought me to your blog, so I'm grateful!
|Posted By Debra Russell|
| Resistance is just an emotion |
Resistance/Resentment is one of the top 5 obstacles I list when teaching my "Business Management for the Creative Mind - or - How to Run Your Music Business" class. The thing to remember is that Resistance is just an emotion. And as all emotions are caused by your beliefs - the way to shift the resistance is to look at what you are thinking/believing that is having you feel resistant. Shift that belief and the resistance melts away. Sure, you can keep pushing up against it and through it every day - but really, who wants to work that hard. Wouldn't it be better to change the belief so that starting becomes simple and easy? Debra Russell http://artists-edge.com
|Posted By Rachel|
| the physics of movement |
You are right when you say resistance, like the invented wheel, once we start the movement, it carries the force for us! :-) Have a great day Michael Rachel
|Posted By Ken Budka|
| Massive Energy |
With every endeavor, huge amounts energy are expended at the start. I always think of a car pulling away from a stop sign. The gas mileage is practically 0 mpg when you first step on the gas, until you get up to speed. Once you are cruising though, it takes very little energy to glide along.
|Posted By Vernon|
| Getting started |
I was going to get started on my work this morning, but I decided to read my email and then respond to this blog instead. Now its time for a coffee break. Maybe I'll get started later today after I check on the blog responses to see if anyone agrees with me.
|Posted By Peter Zeus|
| Demons |
My mind always tries to side track my projects. Cleaning the studio first has always been a problem. Today I practice a technique that really helps me. Every time I enter my studio I clean one thing, or file one thing, no matter how small it is I just do one thing. 3 months = 90 things. It works. I also started work on a music video that I have been delaying, it involves some old school cartooning. I am so glad my pencil touch the paper because I instantly stepped into my favorite creative world. Dont listen to those demons. Zeus
|Posted By Karen Tomas|
| Breakthrough |
When I noticed the resistance I had to writing this comment I realized it's the same resistance I have in other areas of my life. If I can break through it to write a public comment then I can surely break through it to create my art. Thank you always for your wisdom.
|Posted By Michael Dolan|
| Good Catch! |
Thanks Harvey! That must be the reason I fought with that last line for so long, until I thought "this is silly, why is this line resisting me?" Now I know it was because the question itself did not follow the path of truth, therefore it did not sync with the rest of the story. So I changed it. Thanks again.
|Posted By harvey sid fisher .com|
| how we lie |
JMD, What you Start Here is brilliantly identifiable. You describe the problem perfectly and you rightly name it resistance. And more rightly, you are not giving any solutions. You are just presenting what is. It gives one the perfect opportunity to dwell upon the problem. No race to escape. Krishnamurti's advice was to solve a problem by just looking at it passively, without judgement or charged energy, and it will fall apart of its own weight. Regrettably, you close by asking, "What's your method of breaking through resistance?" It's a trick question because If you have a method then you don't have the problem.
|Posted By Paul Tavenner|
| Starting |
When the beast starts to tempt me with other "priorities", I remind myself that it ALL has to get done and WILL get done so why not do the project first? If it's all important, then it won't matter which gets done first. I also add that dong the project first ensures that it really will get done and remind myself that if I wait until later to do it, there's is less of a chance of it getting done. That's not true for errands and cleaning! I could be half-dead and still run an errand!
|Posted By Rami|
| Starting |
For many years this particular quote has helped me push thru resistance: “There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.” —Buddha
|Posted By Collin Brent|
| Tagore |
“You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.” —Rabindranath Tagore