Friday, April 27, 2012

What Resistance Means

Wednesday I talked about losing your will to write.  On a slightly related note, today I want to touch upon the subject of (seemingly) perpetual loss of will.

A lot of people have a seemingly natural affinity for writing, in which they can’t wait to get in front of the computer (or paper) to write again.  Others have to tear the words from their guts.  What does this mean?  Does it mean that some writers are doing what they’re not supposed to be doing?

I have found that there are two causes of this internal resistance to doing things.

One, you are doing something that you don’t like or are not good at.  Sometimes this can be because you’re trying to prove something or make someone happy or proud or impressed.  You attempt to convince yourself that you do like it, but your head knows differently.

Two, you are doing something that you really want to do and succeed in.  If something is very important to you, your mind will try to protect you from possible failure and subsequent emotional torture.  If you never attempt to succeed, you will never fail.  Not a very good plan, I’d say.

Some people have pushed past the resistance of the second cause and now it comes easy to them.  Maybe some of them just have a hardier personality.

The important part here is that before you give up, look again, and see if you can’t maybe push through the barrier that is blocking the way to your success.

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