#WellnessReads2015: The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
Shannon Didier recommends The War of Art as a Wellness Read, and I heartily endorse it. Game-changing way of thinking about what’s holding you back from the life you really want to live.
Geared towards creative types, the message is universal as it applies to any attempts to make change and harness your energies for the better.
Steven writes about Resistance – resistance to change, even if it’s super awesome change that you really want to happen, or thing you want to be doing, as in, “I really want to write my book, but find myself sorting my sock drawer instead” kind of resistance. Also applies to “I really want to work out more, or eat better” yet find yourself doing anything but, even though you know you would feel better doing the thing you’re resisting.
It’s a good, quick read, you may laugh out loud in places, all while being told to turn pro – treat it like a job and getter done!!
SO, when I could be studying but am organizing the utensil drawer, I remind myself of The War of Art, tell myself to f&*k resistance and get to it!
Makes me think of Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott too – shitty first drafts is what I remember from that book – start. just start – to write, draw, run, bike, dream. Whatever – you can’t get to a finished draft if you don’t START.
Funny that I don’t consider myself a writer and both books I’ve recommended are by writers for writers. Hmmm….