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Resistance is a beast. It’s the death of creativity and even the desire to be creative. It’s detrimental to your relationships and your enjoyment of your favorite things. It is the path more traveled. It’s the fear that people won’t like you, respect you, approve of you, or admire you. It’s the killer of truly innovative and world-changing art. It’s the voice that says “good enough” is good enough for you. And it presents itself in many, many different forms. You know how it presents itself in your own life. You’ve been thinking about it since you started reading this. And you know that the only way you will ever reach your full potential in life is not to continue feebly trying to overcome resistance; but rather to do whatever it takes to overcome the source of your resistance.

For me, social media is a huge source of resistance. I know that if I ended my Twitter, Facebook, Stumbleupon, Pinterest, Soundcloud, & Vimeo accounts, I would probably instantaneously start feeling more creative. The only question is “Is being more creative more or less important than my social media accounts?” In my heart of hearts, I would say, “Yes, of course it is!” And yet, why do I not cancel them?

My relationship with my wife can be a huge source of resistance, or rather, the faulty expectations I place on my wife and on myself within our marriage. I know my wife has no problem with me taking a few evenings a week to hole myself up in my office for the purpose of writing and being creative. And yet, there is a voice in my head that says that’s not okay. Why? I have no idea. But that doesn’t matter. The point is that the voice is there, and it’s irrational. Perhaps even sinful. And it turns what should be the single most inspiring relationship in my life into a source of resistance.

Resistance is an excuse for casting aside what takes effort. I’m not lazy. Far from it. But no matter what I have accomplished thus far in life, there still lies within me untapped potential. And it’s lying within you, too. The only question is: What are you going to about it?


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