Book Review: The War of Art

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A couple of months ago, I read a really great book called The War of Art by Steven Pressfield.

The overall theme of the book is captured in its subtitle:

“Break Through The Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles.”

Since many of the ideas in the book helped me in my own personal journey, I decided that I would mention it here on the blog in hopes that it would be helpful to you as well.

The War of Art is a great read for you if you’ve ever made a decision to start something but you quit somewhere along the way.

Maybe you decided to lose weight on a diet…

Or maybe you chose to launch a new venture…

Or maybe you wanted to finally run in a 5k or half-marathon race…

Whatever the goal, we’ve all waged war against that enemy inside of us that seems to fight so hard to push us further away from accomplishing our goals.

In his book, Steven Pressfield pulls the mask off of that inner enemy and gives it a name…He calls it

Resistance.

What I found incredibly insightful about this book was Steven’s proposed cure for overcoming Resistance in whatever you’re attempting to do.

He recommends that you make the transition from an AMATEUR mindset to a PROFESSIONAL mindset.

Here’s what he means…

The amateur works on her goal whenever she feels like it.

The pro shows up to work regardless of how she feels.

An amateur quits whenever he believes the cost of commitment is becoming too high.

A pro pushes past that quitting point because he views commitment as the cost that he must pay to be successful.

Steven writes,

“Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands Resistance.”

If you’ve ever struggled to win your inner war against Resistance, I’d highly recommend you consider checking out the book The War of Art.

If you are interested in exploring these ideas further, check out the YouTube clip below of an interview in which Steven Pressfield talks more about these ideas.

So…what do you think…

Have you ever struggled overcoming Resistance in your own life? Why do you think we often struggle over and over to defeat this inner enemy?

Let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment in the box below.

Michael KBook Review: The War of Art

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