THE WAR OF ART by Steven Pressfield
This was a book recommended to me by my one of my friend Ezekiel Muhumuza who believed I needed to read it. He is one of my reading accountability partners who generously gets me books to read especially the interesting ones.
The War of Art is a book written by Steven Pressfield with the aim of helping people break through the blocks and win their inner creative battles. Ezekiel got me this book at the right time because I had started freaking out especially in my creative space and the reading helped me put two and two together and I am indeed on a better plot. It is a book I would recommend to any creative because it has a variety of lessons that are beneficial.
And Here are the lessons I picked from the book that I would love to share with you;
First and foremost,
The greatest enemy to any creative is Resistance. Usually, it is not the writing/creating part that is hard. What is hard is sitting down to write/ create. What keeps us from sitting down to write/create is Resistance. Resistance is Invisible but can be felt, Internal, self-generated and Insidious in that it will tell you anything to stop you from moving ahead. It is also Powerful, Universal, never sleeps, Fueled by fear and Most powerful at the finish line.
Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands Resistance.Steven Pressfield
The more important a call or action is to our soul’s evolution; the more Resistance we shall feel toward pursuing it.Steven Pressfield
The most common form of resistance is Procrastination. It shall keep us away from doing all that we are meant to do in the name of we still have time. Like they say, Procrastination is a thief of time and no wonder resistance takes such a form because its aim is to keep our potential unborn. Resistance presents us with a series of plausible, rational justifications for why we should not do our work.
Other manifestations of resistance include; Self dramatization, Procrastination, Self-medication, Wrong sex, Trouble, Victimhood, Criticism, Self-doubt and Rationalization. Depression and anxiety are real and they too can be Resistance.
It is possible to beat resistance and make it to our dreams or destiny or life goals by simply carrying out any act that rejects immediate gratification in favor of long-term growth, health, or integrity. Any act that derives from our higher nature instead of our lower will elicit Resistance. One of the main ways to deal with Resistance is by being a ‘professional’ a term used by Steven to mean a person who shows up to do the work and do it with love. Be a professional! Show up and do the work. Do the work with love.
Therefore, for us to beat resistance we need to;
- Be patient
- Seek order
- Do the craft/work
- Act in the face of fear
- Accept No excuses
- Work in the real world
- Be Humble
- Dedicate ourselves to mastering the technique
- Ask for help when need be
- Not take failure or success personally
- Endure adversity
- Recognize our limitations so that we can learn to work with others
- Keep improving ourselves
In addition to the above; the most important thing about creativity is work and authenticity. Our job in this lifetime is not to shape ourselves into some ideal we imagine we ought to be, but to find out who we already are and become it.
The ultimate source of creativity is God! We therefore ought to do the work as an offering to God. Everything comes from God including the people we serve or share our gifts with. And because God is the source of creativity; Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor. It is a gift to the world and every being in it. We should not cheat the world of our contribution. Let us give the world what we have got.
As we come to a close;
Here is a question for you and I;
What do you feel growing inside you?
After answering it, I pray that you decide to bring that forth if you can.
Until then, stay safe and keep hoping for the best.
I love you!
I am the Lioness Arising
©Words from the Pot