I have been re-reading Steven Pressfield’s great book “The War of Art,” which is a study of the internal obstacles and barriers we will face in pursuing any creative endeavor or in the pursuit of mastering our craft. Makes no difference who you are, Tom Brady Super Bowl Champion, Steve Jobs, a creative genius, Picasso, renowned artist or Steven Pressfield, author……YOU WILL ENCOUNTER RESISTANCE!
You will get bad bounces, bad calls, bad breaks, criticized, ridiculed, whatever the form of resistance, it will be there everyday and you simply have to learn there is no such thing as a level playing field, only in heaven!
As I study Elite Performers I see a common thread or an elite principle in play as to how they deal with resistance and still manage to achieve a level of elite performance. I think the following story highlights one of the principles that’s a critical element in overcoming resistance.
In the 1930’s W. Somerset Maugham British Play Wright, Novelist, Short Story Writer and one of the top selling authors of his time was asked if he wrote on a schedule or only when struck by inspiration. “I write only when inspiration strikes,” he replied. “Fortunately it strikes every morning at 9:00 o’clock sharp!” In terms of resistance Maugham was saying, I will not allow it to faze me; I will sit down and do the hard work of writing. That’s the Mind-Set of an Elite Performer!
He knew that every time he sat down at his desk and committed himself to another day of writing, he was facing down resistance, taming the Beast and creating those small daily wins and the confidence to continue the journey, to continue the hard work of building mastery.
Isn’t that the challenge for all of us, showing up each day, committed to gaining mastery of our craft and hopefully fulfilling the purpose God has for each of our lives?