The War of Art

I don’t know how I came upon this book, but am so glad I did! It’s official title is, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles, written by Steven Pressfield.

Even if you’re not a writer or in another type of creative professional field, this slim edition would be a fun addition to your arsenal to break through any and all road blocks to free flowing energy. There is a pervasive fallacy that you’re either the “creative type” or not. I have to stop my inner voice which constantly says, I’m not creative and I don’t have a creative bone in my body.

Literally everything we do is our “creation.” Whether it’s a thought, relationship, meal, email, hug, a deep breath or heartfelt smile, a clean drawer, it does not matter as they all result from our creative force.

Pressfield describes many common ways we block this creative flow which he labels as RESISTANCE. For me, just naming this force brings it down to a surmountable size. For example, when I’m stagnant on a decision, I now notice the paralysis and then hear myself saying, oh that’s just resistance, what am I resisting? what am I afraid of? is it that bad? I’ll just move forward one step and see where that takes me and Boom! just like that, the resistance dissipates.

Also, now I can see that one of my children is constantly in resistance, whether it’s to new situations, activities, people, a different hiking trail, it doesn’t really matter, this child will dig down into the trenches and be almost impossible to budge. Prior to this book, I thought that child had control/anger issues. Now that I recognize their underlying motivation as simply Resistance, which is just another form of fear, it takes the sting out of the obstinate behavior and elicits more compassion from me. It also makes it easier to move through the power struggle and gain compliance once the resistance/fear is named and validated.

The War of Art is a great followup to Fail Fast, Fail Often. The two together make for powerful motivation to just Get Out There!