Showing-up Against Resistance
Resistance is the stench of life: as long as we breathe, she’ll be there to impede our march towards purpose.
Ignoring her never works. We have to come toward her stubborn calls with reverence, acknowledging the task ahead and showing up.
When we plan for weeks without taking a single step forward, it’s because we’ve forgotten to show up.
A mentor once ranted — after I messed up one too many times — about how important it was to simply show up. I hadn’t prepared for an event. So, instead of picking my calls or coming to the location and doing what I could, I simply ghosted everyone and willed the problem away.
Of course, that didn’t work out.It often pains me the number of times I did this in the past.
You may not be prepared to write the article, but if you show up, you’ve taken a step toward being a better writer.
You may be scared to reach out to new clients, but if you show up, you open the possibility of getting new prospects.
You may be worried about lighting and editing, but if you show up, you overcome the hill on the mountain to your long term goal.
There’s nothing as valuable as showing up when resistance gives you all kinds of reasons to stay in your corner and wallow in the fear of what ‘everyone’ says.
That’s what resistance wants you to think: that everyone on the internet is waiting for you to fail. That everyone reading your post is looking for a typo. That you don’t deserve a shot. That you’re nothing.
No, you’re not nothing.
Acknowledge her. Nod her direction. Then, pull your chair, sit down, and do the work. You’ve got this.
“The more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.” — Steven PressField, The War of Art