Resistance is Infallible
I wrote in a post a few weeks ago that
Resistance knows more than we do.
What I meant by that was that our Inner Self-saboteur, by some mysterious alchemy or algorithm, can tell when we are onto something good. It can even tell how good it is.
Resistance responds accordingly.
The better the piece we’re working on (and by “better,” I mean “more important to the evolution of our soul and to our progression as an artist”), the more Resistance we will feel to advancing it and to completing it.
In other words,
Good Idea = Big Resistance.
Great idea = Humongous Resistance.
Let me add a further corollary.
Our progression as artists or entrepreneurs never happens in a smooth upward line. Instead, we get better in stair-step fashion, i.e. plateau plateau plateau, then … breakthrough!
Pre-breakthrough moment = super-humongous Resistance.
Resistance is a mighty and diabolical enemy, but it has a weakness. Its weakness is that it’s a force of nature and thus operates by fixed and immutable laws. Resistance is predictable.
The more Resistance we feel to a project or idea, the more certain we can be that that idea is critical to the evolution of our soul.
And the more certain we can be that that idea is GOOD.
So, brothers and sisters, when we feel ourselves becoming irritable and impatient for no reason, when we can’t sleep and we’ve lost our appetite (or our appetite has mysteriously doubled), when we can’t stand to face the typewriter or the dance studio or the editing suite, when the lamest distractions pull us irresistibly off-course, when we hate ourselves and everything around us … take heart. It’s Resistance! And its message is:
That idea you’re working on, honey?
It’s a winner. Suck it up and go for it!
Resistance is infallible.