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One of my favourite books is Steven Pressfield’s ‘Do The Work’. It’s about overcoming resistance.
Steven believes, and I agree, that the pain of running away from doing what we know we should is greater than actually doing the work.
Here's Steven in a great interview with Marie Forleo.
Steven says that overcoming resistance is more important than having talent.
To overcome self-sabotage, imposter syndrome and anything else that may cause me to resist doing my work my process is the same as the journey I describe in my Heart-Leadership book. Its Harmony, Heart, Head and Hands in this order. The result is happenstance (i.e. coincidence, synchronicity, serendipity).
I know that harmony is present in my life and work when I feel in flow. Anytime I don’t feel in flow I stop whatever it is that I am doing and put my hand over my heart to feel again my unique rhythm.
I know I’m hearing my heart when I feel calm and in my rhythm.
Then it’s about trusting myself. My head can tell me this won’t work or that's dangerous or whatever thought that is all based on past experiences. Yet if I ask my head how in the now I can trust the answers or help I can give myself.
I’m in the habit too of asking other people for help when I need or want further clarity or to nuance my thinking.
Then its patient, one quantum leap (small yet significant shift) at a time work.
Feeling in flow, feeling calm, and being trusting of myself and other people means that I can engage my hands in a slow and deliberate way which is what works for me.
How about you? What’s your best way of overcoming resistance?
Do Your Work.
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