Reinvention post-3 months: Moving with Chatter
August 4, 2011
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I’m keeping up the fight to overcome what Stephen Pressfield calls “resistance.” How do I keep moving forward? How can you move forward on the urge to create, build something, change something?
*Don’t listen to the chatter. Pay no attention to the those rambling, disjointed images and notions that drift across the movie screen of your mind. THOSE ARE NOT YOUR THOUGHTS. THEY ARE CHATTER. THEY ARE RESISTANCE.
*Chatter is your mother and father’s well-intentioned expressions of caution, seeking to shield you from hurting yourself. Chatter is your teachers’ equally well-meaning attempts at socialization, training you to follow the rules. Chatter is your friends’ regular-Joe buddy-talk, trying to make you like them and follow the rules of the pack.
Okay, I’m getting better about the chatter. I’m letting it come and go like wind. Sometimes my hair gets in my eyes. Sometimes I have to sit down. But I’m moving forward. Now what?
*COVER THE CANVAS. ONE RULE FOR FIRST FULL WORKING DRAFTS: GET THEM DONE ASAP. Don’t worry about quality. Act, don’t reflect. Momentum is everything. Get to THE END as if the devil himself were breathing down your neck and poking you in the butt with his pitchfork.
*DON’T STOP. DON’T LOOK DOWN. DON’T THINK. SUSPEND ALL SELF-JUDGMENT. THE INNER CRITIC? HIS ASS IS NOT PERMITTED IN THE BUILDING.
*from Pressfield’s new book, Do the Work.