Resist the Resistance

In his book, the War of Art, Steven Pressfield tells the story of British playwright, Somerset Maugham (1874-1965). Pressfield recalls someone once asking Maugham if he wrote on a schedule or only when struck by inspiration. “I write only when inspiration strikes,” he replied. “Fortunately it strikes every morning at nine o’clock sharp.”

Pressfield’s book is about the power of showing up every day and doing your work. For me, inspiration, when it comes, strikes around 9:00 every night. Truthfully, most nights it would be easier for me to skip the writing. There is a resistance, and it scares me to no end. What if I can’t think of anything to write about? What if they don’t like it? What if no one comments? What if? What if? What if? 

Leaders resist the resistance. They show up and do the work.

Like me, there will be places today where you are tempted to quit.

Don’t! We need you. Your team needs you. Your family needs you. There is work to be done … Terrifying work.

I say, resist the resistance and do that work.

You might even find yourself inspired.

i2i,

Randy

What is one thing a leader can do to resist the resistance?

 

 

 

 

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Bob

7 years ago

Words I need to hear every day!

randygravitt

7 years ago

Thanks, Bob!

ZL

7 years ago

A leader knows how to separate the feelings and emotions from the work, and effectively prioritizes the two so that they are in proper order. The feelings and emotions, in this case, resistance, don’t always inspire a leader to work. The work, once done, and if done well, can though, inspire the leader to experience feelings that far outweigh and can even help overcome resistance. Leaders are also humans, so it is a delicate balance. As with all things worthy and noble, leaders must be aware of the fight, and then confront it head on! Thanks for calling our attention to this fight Randy!

randygravitt

7 years ago

You are welcome, Zachary. Thanks for the great comment!

Keith Smith

7 years ago

Press on. Also thanks Randy for the encouragement in your message this weekend It has challenged me and it’s already making a difference in my life and those around me.

randygravitt

7 years ago

Thanks, Keith!

Susan Barber

7 years ago

I remember years ago sitting in on a behind the scenes session with Louie Giglio where many ministers were asking questions to figure out the “formula” for the “success” of the Passion ministry. After speaking about how basically God was the reason, he said something that has stuck with me for years. He said if you went to the Passion offices at any given time, you would see people working – not having meetings about what needs to be done but actually rolling up the sleeves and doing it – even when it’s not fun, glamorous, or noticed. For some reason, that shaped my work ethic. I am not the smartest or most talented person by a long stretch and those things are mostly out of my control. I can, however, work hard, when I don’t want to or when I’d rather be dreaming or planning or whatever. This is one area I do have complete control over.
Thanks for the reminder!!

randygravitt

7 years ago

Great reminder, Susan!

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