It’s a short book, and you probably won’t find any new concepts in it, but its messages gave me the kick I needed to get back on track with a couple of projects I’d been procrastinating on.
Have you been putting off starting a new career, launching a new business, writing a book, or creating needed change in your life? Pressfield’s advice to you would be, “Don’t think. Act.” Get out of your own way so you can get started on whatever it is that calls to you.
Resistance, according to Pressfield, is a natural part of being human. As you begin taking action toward those things you want the most and that demand the most out of you, you may find yourself fighting resistance every day. But that’s something we all face. Be reassured that there’s nothing wrong with you!
Pressfield offers these tips to keep resistance and procrastination at bay:
1. Ask yourself, how bad do you want it? How committed are you to your new endeavor? Are you willing to do the work that’s required? If not, then it’s probably not worth even trying. Go on to something else.
2. Avoid overthinking it. Don’t waste too much time researching, planning, and anticipating the in’s and out’s of your new project. Nothing will get accomplished until you act. As Pressman says, “Start before you’re ready.” Just begin. And then follow your heart.
3. Still stuck? Try starting at the end. Pressfield suggests figuring out where you want to go first, then working backwards from there. Once you know what the end looks like, you’ll be able to figure out the steps you’ll need to take to get there.
Are you ready to make those changes in your life? Then get out there and do the work.
How do you handle resistance?