The War of Art – Steven Pressfield

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“Creative Work is….. a gift to the world and every being in it.  Don’t cheat us of your contribution.  Give us what you’ve got” – Steven Pressfield

I had that feeling to write a blog post today.  There was a little voice in the back of my head.  “It’s too late, just go to bed” it said…..”Don’t do it, what will people think” it said……..”Do it tomorrow”…..

The War of Art had been recommended to me by a number of people and I can see why now.  We’ve all heard that voice.  It’s called The Resistance and if you don’t constantly fight it everyday it will win.

It’s the amygdala, the most primitive part of our brain that causes us to think this way.  It stifles our creativity and stops us being authentic.

It stops you from putting your hand up in meetings and offering insights.  Why?  Because if you do put your hand up and say something not quite right, then your boss will notice, then she’ll look at your CV and realise you lied once and then you’ll get fired and then you can’t pay your mortgage and then you’ll end up homeless and then you’ll die!

Of course this isn’t true, but the amygdala/the lizard brain is what’s kept us alive and let humans thrive.  However, we don’t live in that era any longer….

If we make a mistake we won’t get killed.

The same things that made humans thrive are the same things that now hold us back.  We don’t need to be afraid of building real connections with strangers.  Hell, thanks to the Internet, nowadays we can find more like minded people who we can truly connect with than ever before.  Look at this blog and the random people that like it from around the world! (Thanks by the way!)

This is a topic that is hardly ever talked about.  If you want a reality check and how it is often indeed yourself that’s holding you back from doing your important work then read this book and keep fighting The Resistance.

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