“Fear doesn't go away. The warrior and the artist live by the same code of necessity, which dictates that the battle must be fought anew every day.”
― Steven Pressfield, The War of Art
We are who we are and yet we sacrifice ourselves to win accolades and approvals from others so often. We struggle to portray us in the truest form of who we are.
We give up and choose not to fight. “Resistance” as Pressfield calls in his book “War of Art” is nothing but the fear that keeps us from doing the work we want to. You suffer resistance only for the things that mean most to you and are scared to commit.
To commit and get rid of the “Resistance”, you have to be there to practice your art, work, job anything you want to be cent percent focussed on. Which can only mean that you have to change the way you think and sometimes just be there even when you are scared.
And more than 90% fail to do the simple act of showing up and regret it.
The 5 second rule of Mel Robbins talks about getting rid of the habit of not showing up by just counting till 5 and just doing it. Don’t give yourself the time to think.
Re-wiring your brain and how you go about it can be done multiple ways- your way that you can discover for yourself or following the various school of thoughts.
One way can be of Dr. Cathy Coulatt, who in an interview talks about the steps required:
- Trust your subconscious
- Find more details and applaud it before you judge it
- Set the intention and make a promise (to ensure subconscious doesn’t work against it)
- Get examples- where you see similar people like yourself take the journey you want to take and be sucessful.
- Solidify and affirm- on your promise to yourself and your new belief.
This is life long commitment, it not about fake it till you make it scenario. You confirm and affirm everyday and show up. You can be afraid and yet show up. You can be very sure that it wont work out and yet show up. You can fail and yet know you are so sure of it that you still keep on doing it. Show up.
You and me, can be afraid to take that leap , to let ourselves wander to the what-if land, lack the courage to do the work we are meant to do and yet feel that uneasiness of something that we are supposed to do.
So, stop doubting or doubt yourself so you prepare more and get up and get on with it. It cant be more different than what its now because no ones knows yet what you want to be.
Change the way you think, the actions you take everyday and the accept that the struggle is real to be inspired consistently. Show up and act on it and thats what we can control and do everyday.
Face yourself, not others.
(Pic courtesy: Google and Soma Bhattacharya)