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“Resistance by definition is self-sabotage.”
Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles
“The artist and the mother are vehicles, not originators. They don't create the new life, they only bear it. This is why birth is such a humbling experience. The new mom weeps in awe at the little miracle in her arms. She knows it came out of her but not from her, through her but not of her.”
Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles
“Resistance is directly proportional to love. If you're feeling massive Resistance, the good news is that it means there's tremendous love there too.”
Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles
“Resistance is not a peripheral opponent. Resistance arises from within. It is self-generated and self-perpetuated. resistance is the enemy within.”
Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles
“The amateur believes he must first overcome his fear; then he can do his work. The professional knows that fear can never be overcome.”
Steven Pressfield, The War of Art
“It's not the writing part that's hard. What's hard is sitting down to write.

What keeps us from sitting down is Resistance.”
Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles
“I'm keenly aware of the Principle of Priority, which states (a) you must know the difference between what is urgent and what is important, and (b) you must do what's important first.”
Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles
“The more resistance you experience, the more important your unmanifested art/project/enterprise is to you - and the more gratification you will fell when you finally do it.”
Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles
“What finally convinced me to go ahead was simply that I was so unhappy not going ahead. I was developing symptoms. As soon as I sat down and began, I was okay.”
Steven Pressfield, The War of Art
“...she (the artist, the writer) doesn't wait for inspiration, she acts in the anticipation of its apparition.”
Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles
“The best and only thing that one artist can do for another is to serve as an example and an inspiration.”
Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles
“Here's another test. Of any activity you do, aks yourself: If I were the last person on earth, would I still do it?”
Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles
“The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is scared to death.”
Steven Pressfield, The War of Art
“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, magic, and power in it. Begin it now." — W. H. Murray,”
Steven Pressfield, The War of Art
“To yield to Resistance deforms our spirit. It stunts us and makes us less than we are and were born to be.”
Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles
“The paradox seems to be, as Socrates demonstrated long ago, that the truly free individual is free only to the extent of his own self-mastery. While those who will not govern themselves are condemned to find masters to govern over them.”
Steven Pressfield, The War of Art
“Resistance obstructs movement only from a lower sphere to a higher. It kicks in when we seek to pursue a calling in the arts, launch an innovative enterprise, or evolve to a high station morally, ethically, or spiritually.”
Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles
“Nothing is as empowering as real-world validation, even if it's for failure.”
Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles
“In other words, any act that rejects immediate gratification in favor of long-term grown, health, or integrity. Or, expressed another way, any act that derives from our high nature instead of our lower. Any of these will elicit Resistance.”
Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles
“Resistance cannot be seen, touched, heard, or smelled. But it can be felt.”
Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles
“Resistance will tell you anything to keep you from doing your work.”
Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles
“Like a magnetized needle floating on a surface of oil, Resistance will unfailingly point to true North - meaning that calling or action it most wants to stop us from doing.

We can use this. We can use it as a compass. We can navigate by Resistance, letting it guide us to that calling or action that we must follow before all others.”
Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles
“We feed it [Resistance] with power by our fear of it. Master that fear and we conquer Resistance.”
Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles
“The working artist will not tolerate trouble in her life because she knows trouble prevents her from doing her work.”
Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles
“We're wrong if we think we're the only ones struggling with Resistance. Everyone who has a body experiences Resistance.”
Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles
“Resistance gets us to plunge into a project with an overambitious and unrealistic timetable for its completion.”
Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles
“The professional arms himself with patience, not only to give the stars time to align in his career, but to keep himself from flaming out in each individual work.”
Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles
“The professional cannot take rejection personally because to do so reinforces Resistance. Editors are not the enemy; critics are not the enemy. Resistance is the enemy. The battle is inside our own heads. We cannot let external criticism, even if it's true, fortify our internal foe. That foe is strong enough already.”
Steven Pressfield, The War of Art
“Lat at nigh have you experienced a vision of the person you might become, the work you could accomplish, the realized being you were mean to be? Are you a writer who doesn't write, a painter who doesn't pain, an entrepreneur who never starts a venture? Then you know what Resistance is.”
Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles
“In the hierarchy, the artist faces outward. Meeting someone new he asks himself, What can this person do for me? How can this person advance my standing?   In the hierarchy, the artist looks up and looks down. The one place he can’t look is that place he must: within.”
Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles