Saturday, October 19, 2013
I am reading Steven Pressfield’s Do The Work, a book on overcoming resistance and getting out of your own way. One of the things that really spoke to me was the line “Suspend all self judgment.” I have a tendency to overthink just about anything I do. As a result, I stop myself before I’m halfway through completing something for fear that it just won’t be good enough. Pressman calls this resistance. He states that any act that derives from our higher nature instead of our lower will elicit Resistance.
I was recently told that in November my employment will end which means I’ll be looking for a new job. Currently, I’m dealing with the resistance of facing the seemingly overwhelming challenge of redoing my resume and going on interviews. It’s the “thinking” that is haunting me the most.
Pressfield says, “A child has no trouble believing the unbelievable, nor does the genius or the madman. It’s only you and I, with our big brains and our tiny hearts, who doubt and overthink and hesitate. He says, “Don’t think, Act.” And that is my current goal.
This is the real challenge I’m up against. Pressfield encourages us to be stubborn in our commitment to action. “We don’t have to be heroes to be stubborn. We can just be pains in the butt.” He says that “When we’re stubborn we’re in till the finish. We will sink our junkyard-dog teeth into Resistance’s ass and not let go, no matter how hard he kicks.”
Well, that’s what I plan to be. I’ll let you know how it goes.