“Resistance outwits the amateur with the oldest trick in the book; It uses his own enthusiasm against him. Resistance gets us to plunge into a project with an overambitious and unrealistic timetable for its completion. It knows we can’t sustain that level of intensity. We will hit the wall. We will crash.
The professional, on the other hand, understands delayed gratification…”
I love how Pressfield makes Resistance, his word for all the things that keep us from working, into an entity out to get us.
On my daily quest for creative fulfillment I like to think of Resistance as this massive dragon I’m battling.
It really brings the mundane act of getting to work every day into an action pact hero movie.
From: “Yeah I did some art stuff today” to “I conquered Resistance today and took another step closer true fulfillment”
Pressfield goes on to say:
“The professional arms himself with patience, not only to give the stars time to align in his career, but to keep himself from flaming out in each individual work. He know that any job, whether it’s a novel or a kitchen remodel, takes twice as long as he thinks and costs twice as much. He accepts that. He recognizes reality.”
Armed with patience.
I’m imagining a sword, or some kind of magical implement, that I bring with me on my quest and it’s called patience.
It’s only one piece of equipment in my arsenal to battle Resistance.
Can you tell I like the fantasy genre?
So, I got a bit carried away with my imagination there. Let’s bring it back to reality.
When your motivation is through the roof and you want to spend all your time on one thing. Pause and be patient.
Get to work right away but don’t go crazy, accept the reality of how long the project will take and plan accordingly.
Don’t burn out. Or get burned by the dragon!