Excerpts from Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art Book One: Resistance defining the Enemy

Ive recently purchased the book The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. I was introduced to the book by a wise man Aubrey Marcus, who was introduced to this book by Joe Rogan. These are some excerts from Book One: Resistance Defining the Enemy, however, I still strongly encourage you to go out and get this book and stop fighting your resistance to do things that need to be done.

Book One: Resistance Defining the Enemy

  • Resistance arises from within.  It is self-generated and self-perpetuated.  Resistance is the enemy within.
  • Resistance will tell you anything to keep you from doing your work.
  • Resistance is always lying and always full of shit.
  • Resistance can not be reasoned with.
  • Rule of thumb: The more important a call or action is to our soul’s evolution, the more resistance we will feel toward pursuing it.
  • Everyone who has a body experiences Resistance.
  • The warrior and the artist live by the same code of necessity, which dictates that the battle must be fought anew every day.
  • We feed Resistance with power by our fear of it.  Master that fear and we conquer resistance.
  • The danger is greatest when the finish line is in sight.  At this point, Resistance knows we’re about to beat it…The professional must be alert for this counterattack.  Be wary at the end.
  • Resistance by definition is self-sabotage.
  • The best and only thing that one artist can do for another is to serve as an example and an inspiration.
  • Procrastination is the most common manifestation of Resistance because it’s the easiest to rationalize.
  • The most pernicious aspect of procrastination is that it can become a habit
  • Never Forget this very moment we can change our lives.
  • We get ourselves in trouble because it’s a cheap way to get attention.
  • Anything that draws attention to ourselves through pain-free or artificial means is a manifestation of Resistance.
  • Cruelty to others is a form of Resistance, as is the willing endurance of cruelty from others.
  • Creating soap opera in our lives is a symptom of Resistance.
  • Instead of applying self-knowledge, self-discipline, delayed gratification, and hard work, we simply consume a product.
  • Casting yourself as a victim is the antithesis of doing your work.  Don’t do it.  If you’re doing it, stop.
  • The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident.  The real one is scared to death.
  • Remember our rule of thumb: The more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.
  • The more fear we feel about a specific enterprise, the more certain we can be that that enterprise is important to us and to the growth of our soul.
  • If your paralyzed by fear its a good sign.  It shows you what you have to do.
  • Grandiose fantasies are a symptom of Resistance.
  • Rationalization is Resistance’s right-hand man.  Its job is to keep us from feeling the shame we would feel if we truly faced what cowards we are for not doing our work.
  • Instead of showing us our fear, Resistance presents us with a series of plausible, rational justifications for why we shouldn’t do our work.
  • Defeating Resistance is like giving birth.  It seems absolutely impossible until you remember that women  have been pulling it off successfully, with support and without for fifty million years.
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