In today’s blog post I wanted to give you some beginning pages of a post that my mentor Robert Hollis sent me.

The book is The War of Art, by Steven Pressfield.

The book is about the Resistance that we have in us that keeps us from doing and becoming what and who we are meant to be.

There’s a secret that real writers know that wannabe writers don’t!

The secret is that it’s not the writing that’s hard, what’s hard is sitting down to write.

What keeps us from sitting down is Resistance.

The Unlived Life.

Most of us have two lives…

The life we live, and the unlived life within us.

Between stands Resistance.

Have you ever bought a treadmill only to let it gather dust? Quit a new diet?

Have you ever wanted to be a Mother, Doctor, an advocate for the weak and helpless, run for office, campaign for world peace?

Late at night have you ever experienced a vision of the person you might become, the work you would do, realize who you were meant to be?

Are you a writer who doesn’t write?

A painter who doesn’t paint?

An entrepreneur who never starts a venture?

Then you know what Resistance is!

Resistance is the most toxic force on the planet!

It is the root of more unhappiness than poverty and disease.

It stunts us! Makes us less than we are and were born to be.

Resistance is faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive .

We’re not alone if we’ve been mowed down by Resistance.

Many a good man and women have bitten the dust before us.

We don’t know what hit us. We don’t even know that Resistance exists

We fail to see it right in front of our faces.

Look in your own heart. Unless I’m crazy, right now a small voice is piping up, telling you as it has 10,000 times, the calling is yours and yours alone…You know it!

And unless I’m crazy, you’re no closer to taking action on it than you were yesterday or will be tomorrow.

Resistance will bury you!

Hitler wanted to be an artist. At 18 he took his inheritance and moved to Vienna to live and study. He applied to the Academy of Fine Arts and later to the School of Architecture. Ever see his paintings? Neither have I. Resistance beat him.

It was easier for Hitler to start World War II than to face a blank canvas.

Again this was just a small taste of a really great book The War of Art by Steven Pressfield.

I highly recommend you check it out!

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Bill Soriano

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